Rental Electrical Safety and Compliance Checks

Electrical safety and compliance obligation for landlords and rentals in Auckland is highly recommended that all landlords and property agents familiarise themselves with the new regulations.

Changes In Checks  

New compliance obligations for landlords in Auckland that the rental provider must ensure an electrical safety check of all electrical installations, fittings and appliances provided by a rental provider in the rented premises. This check is an obligation that will need to be carried out every 2 years by a licensed and registered electrician. Take note that the electrician will have to provide the renter with the date of the most recent safety check on request of the renter. Rented premises fail to be conducted within the last 2 years at the time the renter has occupied the premises, the rental provider must then arrange for an electrical safety check as soon as possible. 

Landlord Responsibilities

A landlord is responsible for ensuring that: 

  • Only a licensed electrical professional performs all necessary electrical checks and works. It is illegal and unethical for unqualified persons to perform electricity or gas work. Landlords and tenants will be prosecuted by ESV for carrying out any such illegal work on the premises.
  • All appliances are safe and any unsafe appliance is repaired or disposed of prior to leasing the property. 
  • Ensure the maintenance and cleaning of appliances as per manufacturers’ instructions. It is important to pay extra attention to issues such as the build-up of dust on cooling fan inlets and heaters.  
  • All electrical appliances are assessed for damage to plugs, leads, and casings, and that live parts are not exposed in order to prevent the threat of fire. 
  • All electrical wiring, socket outlets, and switches are maintained in a safe condition.
  • All ventilation openings are clear and unobstructed at all times.
  • Safety checks are properly recorded and details of the work carried out on a licensed electrical installation are kept note of for future reference. 

Records Of Electrical Checks

All electrical safety checks must be recorded in compliance with the legislation, and should include the following details:

  • Name and company of the licensed/registered electrician who has conducted the safety check.
  • Licence or registration number of the electrician.
  • The date and time of the check that was conducted.The date the check was conducted; and results of the routine safety check, including any repairs that were required as well as all the actions taken to address the issue or repair.

Fixed Electrical’s comprehensive and in-depth electrical safety & compliance check is performed every 2 years and will assist in ensuring your property is compliant with the new changes to legislation. Our qualified electricians have all the experience and knowledge that is necessary to tackle any kind of job, whether it be regular maintenance, emergency jobs, and issues that arise and keeping renters safe by fixing problems immediately and at a very cost-effective price.

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