Electrical safety and testing

As a landlord, we’re required by law to test the electrics in your home every five years, or when there is a change of tenancy.

Electrical testing: what to expect

If we contact you to let you know that it’s time for us to test the electrical system in your home, we’ll usually book a day-long appointment for the work to be done.

An electrical engineer will test and inspect your home’s consumer unit (fuse box), and at least 20% of the sockets, lights and switches. If any issues are found, they will test more of these.

While they work, the engineer will need to turn off your power supply – this is usually for a period of up to two hours. So long as you keep your fridge and freezer doors closed during this time, the contents won’t be affected.

Any urgent repair work identified by the engineer will be carried out while they are at your home. They will make a note of anything else that needs work, and that will be carried out at a later date.

The engineer will not test any appliances or equipment that you plug into electrical sockets in your home.

Before the engineer arrives

Please make sure that the space around your fuse box is clear so that the engineer can safely work on it – this may mean you need to move furniture out of the way.

If you have medical equipment that needs an electrical supply to function, please contact us before your inspection so that we can discuss options.

After the engineer leaves

You will need to reset any appliances and clocks, as the power will have been turned off during the inspection. In particular, check that your fridge and freezer are switched back on and working correctly.

Alterations and additions

If you want to add or alter electrical items like sockets, light fittings and showers, you need to get written permission from NCHA before you start work. The work itself needs to carried out by an approved electrical contractor, and you’ll need to provide us with a copy of the electrical certificate for the completed work.

During your home’s regular electrical inspection, if the engineer finds that additions or alterations have been made to your home’s electrical systems without NCHA’s approval, they will disconnect them during their visit. You will be charged for the cost of this work.