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Electrical Safety Check

Electrical safety checks and electrical safety inspections compulsory for Victorian landlords.

Confused about what your obligations are as a landlord?

Don’t worry All Electrics have done the research and had meetings with the safety experts to get you the correct information. Below is a summary of what is required from the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 and the Residential Tenancies Regulations 2019. Just fill in the contact box below and one of our friendly competent team members will call you back.

We will organise an electrical safety inspection with your property manager or Tenant, complete with the correct paperwork, email your report, then store the information so you get a reminder when the inspection is due again at reduced cost as we do most of the work on the initial report.

Electrical Safety Checks

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 is conducted every 2 years by a licensed or registered electrician and must provide the renter with the date of the most recent safety check on request of the renter. If an electrical safety check of the rented premises has not been conducted within the last 2 years at the time the renter occupies the premises, the rental provider must arrange an electrical safety check as soon as practicable.

Electrical Safety Inspection (For Homeowners)

Non-compulsory safety check for home buyers or the safety conscience.

When it comes to your home or property, you want to be safe; not sorry. A home electrical safety inspection is the best way to find out if your installation is safe and complies with current safety regulations. If you’re thinking of buying a property, it is strongly advised that we provide you with an electrical inspection so you know exactly what condition your wiring is in before any nasty surprises occur. This can also provide you with leverage in property price negotiations if there are faults with your property. Make sure you always use a licensed electrician to complete any domestic electrical testing. There is always a risk when dealing with electricity and wiring, our qualified electricians will conduct this in the safest way possible.

For over 20 years, our master domestic electricians in Melbourne have performed electrical safety inspections across all types of homes and have found that the three most common issues to look out for are as follows:

Safety Checks For Outdated Electrical Switchboards

You should check your switchboard regularly to see the status as this controls the whole electrical system in the property. Make sure that the fuse box is a far away as possible from any elements, i.e. from water. This is a safety feature in your home, and faulty/outdated switchboards can cause major electrical problems, such as short circuits or even fires. Our safe house electrical services will go through and check if there is anything that could cause the switchboard to be outdated. If your property has outdated fuses or circuit breakers, no extra electrical work can be carried out on the circuit until you have RCD protection. Typically, when this issue occurs the most common solution is to upgrade or replace your switchboard.

No earthing in the cables

The earth cable is an important cable when ensuring safety in the wiring. So, if you don’t have proper earthing and a fault occurs, the external metal appliances can become “live”. When this occurs, anyone who touches the cable will have the current travel through their body. Earthing is necessary when having a house electrical inspection as it will prevent the electrical appliance from damage and absorbs the excess electricity from the appliance. Older electrical cabling may not have an earth cable connected to it. This is problematic if you want to replace an item or engage in a light installation. By opting for an electrical safety inspection, you can be sure that all your cables are safe.

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Houses built earlier than 1970 could have this cable installed. The common in lighting circuits of this type is that the cable must be removed as it deteriorates over time causing fire or shock hazards. If you plan on purchasing an older property, we would strongly recommend you obtain a quote from All Electrics to ensure your home is up to the current standards by ensuring that we perform a house electrical inspection.

Electrical Safety Inspections After Buying a House:

Making sure that your appliances, wirings, earth connections and switchboards are all working correctly will help keep your property safe, particularly if you live in an older-style home. However, if you feel as though something is wrong, make sure to get a property electrical inspection done to minimise any future risk.

A safety switch, more commonly known as RCDs, will reduce the need for an electrical home inspection. This will monitor the currents flow and therefore protect you if there is any faulty wiring. It also provides power cut solutions if there is a particular hazard in the picture. This can be crucial to protecting your family against unknown dangers.

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Local Electrical Safety Checks in Melbourne

All Electrics Melbourne is a skilled, licensed team of electricians providing prompt, professional electrical services across Melbourne’s South East. With more than two decades of experience in all things electrical, we can solve your fuse box problems and offer guaranteed customer satisfaction no matter the size of the job. We take electrical safety very seriously and will be there as quickly as we possibly can to ensure the safety of your home. No matter how big the job, we’ll be there to provide you with the professional electrical assistance you need.

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Frequently Asked Electrical Safety Inspection Questions

What is the process of an electrical inspection?

The process of an electrical safety inspection is quite comprehensive, and it usually takes somewhere between 3 to 4 hours to complete. However, a lot depends on the size of the facility and the number of circuits that would have to be tested.

An electrical inspection is done when you buy a home, add a power-hungry appliance, or undertake a major renovation. An inspection is also recommended if you are buying a home that is more than 40 years old. The process starts with the inspection of your wiring system, as the electrician checks for any exposed or damaged wires. This will be followed by a switch and lighting inspection (both indoor and outdoor). The trained technician will also check for any power surges or electricity leaks during the inspection and finally give you a report on the overall condition of your electrical system.

Do I need to get an electrical safety inspection right after moving to a new place? How often do I need to get an electrical safety check?

If you are moving to a new place, and you feel unsure about the safety standards of the electrical systems in that space, you should definitely consider an electrical safety inspection. Don’t fret about being overly cautious in this regard, as electrical inspections are a normal part of buying a new house. According to experts, electrical safety inspections should be conducted every ten years.

Other reasons for getting an electrical safety inspection are –

  • Older home: If you are living in an older home, chances are that it hasn’t been inspected for electrical safety in years. This can lead to electricity outages and other such problems in the near future.
  • Flickering lights and malfunctioning appliances: If you notice that some electrical appliances and lights are malfunctioning more frequently, then it’s time to get an electrical safety inspection done.
  • Burning odour: If you smell something funny from the fuse boxes and electrical outlets, it’s a good idea to schedule an electrical safety inspection as soon as possible.
Do you also provide gas safety checks along with electrical safety?

Yes, we do. If you are looking for landlord safety inspections, you can get our all-in-one safety inspection service. This safety inspection covers electrical, gas and smoke alarms inspection too. We also have a landlord safety inspection service, but this covers only electrical inspection. 

According to the Residential Tenancies Regulations of 2019, every rental provider in Australia has to ensure that all the electrical installation appliances and fittings have undergone safety checks. These checks have to be done every two years by a registered and qualified electrician. This is where we come in. Just give us a call and arrange your electrical safety inspection today.

Can your electrician recommend which electricity switch to purchase?

The electricians from All Electrics Melbourne can certainly recommend which electricity switches to purchase. Our licensed and skilled technicians always provide professional and prompt services, while also ensuring ultimate customer satisfaction. That includes providing you with the right advice when it comes to your electrical needs. When choosing electrical switches for your living space, remember to take into consideration the quality, materials, switch-in socket design, and ease of repair and replacement.

Can you inspect outdated electrical switchboards?

Yes, we certainly can. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, All Electrics Melbourne can solve all your electrical needs, even the inspection of outdated electrical switchboards. The electrical switchboard is one of the critical components in a home, and if yours is old and outdated, it can lead to major electrical issues, short circuits, and fires. With our comprehensive switchboard inspection services, you can avoid these risks and rest easy knowing that your home is safe. We can also provide you with a switchboard upgrade where required.