Electrical safety

How Chorus Homes manages electrical installations in its properties.

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This page provides all the information you need to know about Chorus Homes’ legal responsibility to ensure that all electrical installations provided for its customers are safe to use.

Customers need to be aware of the role they play and the legal action that could be taken for not co-operating with Chorus Homes.

To ensure that all electrical installations are safe to use, they will be periodically inspected and tested to comply with the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Wiring Regulations and the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.

Chorus Homes’ responsibility

  • Chorus Homes has a general statutory landlord (LTA 1985) obligation “to keep in repair and proper working order installations for the supply of water, gas, electricity and sanitation”

Chorus Homes will ensure:

  • each and every electrical installation of occupied domestic dwellings and communal areas and amenities, are inspected, tested and reported upon in with  the IET’s Wiring Regulations, and the Electrical Safety Roundtable’s Code of Practice for the Management of Electrotechnical Care in Social Housing
  • all empty properties are inspected prior to re-letting and residents will receive copies of the electrical installation condition reports and certification for any remedial works undertaken
  • that proper records are maintained of any inspection, and that test and electrical installation condition reports for each property are also kept
  • electrical installation condition reports will record key details of each property, any defects and remedial actions needed
  • periodic inspection and testing is carried out by a competent person, who will record their name, signature, registration number and address of the individual engineer and/or company carrying out the check
  • Its procedures enable staff to complete 100% of inspections and tests on time as recommended by the IET Wiring Regulations
  • It conducts regular interim routine checks of all power and lighting installations serving common parts, both internal and external

Competent person

All work to Chorus Homes’ appliances and properties shall be carried out by contractors approved by one of the relevant Government’s Competent Person Schemes.

Individual tradespersons will hold the relevant qualifications for the different types of electrical work recorded on their personal identity card.

Resident responsibilities

Chorus Homes require all residents, regardless of tenure, will meet their obligations:

  • To provide access as required by their tenancy agreement for the periodic condition inspection and any essential maintenance.
  • Failure to do so will result in Chorus Homes pursuing legal action to obtain access.

Making alterations

If you are considering making any alterations to your home you must request permission to make an Electrical Alteration to you property in writing to Chorus Homes at the following address:

BPS - Permissions
Chorus Homes
Brook House
Ouse Walk
Huntingdon
PE29 3QW

If agreed, all alterations will need to be completed by a qualified electrician, registered with a national body or council (examples include NICEIC, Nappit, Elecsa and Stroma among others). All alterations must be done in line with the current wiring regulations BS7671.  On completion the electrician must certify the work and provide a certificate.  Chorus Homes must receive a copy of this certificate  within 14 days of the completion of the works.