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To let your property, you must ensure that all electrical appliances, fittings, wiring and installation in the property is safe to use. This must comply with the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994, the Plugs and Sockets etc (Safety) Regulations 1994.

Failure to comply with the Regulations and the Consumer Protection Act (1987) is a criminal offence which may result in large fines and imprisonment.

At present there is no statutory requirement to have annual safety checks on electrical equipment, but it is advisable that landlords have periodic checks done by a qualified electrician (NIC).

However, in certain areas of Middlesbrough, it is mandatory to have an electrical safety certificate in order to retain a license to let the property. This is due to Middlesbrough Council introducing the Selective Licensing scheme and the Housing of Multiple Occupation scheme (HMO). Please refer to relevant section below.