The Electricity At Work Regulations 1989 (regulation 4.2) requires an electrical installation to be adequately maintained to ensure safety.
This can be done via a maintenance regime, periodic inspection or both, by competent engineers who are fully qualified.
Failure to comply with the above will lead to prosecution by the HSE and or the local borough council.
This applies to Offices ,Shops, Rented accommodation (Landlords who rent property) Etc
There is no escape from the law, fines of £5,000.00 and or 6 months imprisonment are already being handed out.
That coupled with corporate manslaughter charges for a shop owner who failed to get his shop-tested because he did not know it was required?
English Law:- “Ignorance of the law is no excuse”.
Be safe, be sure get, it tested, and don’t go for the cheap option, as they are not worth the paper they are written on.
This has been proved in a recent court case where a landlord who had 10 properties, was convicted of failure to provide due diligence even though he had gotten test certificates.
(He thought they were ok! big mistake, which has apparently cost him £ 40,000.00 and a six month suspended sentence; high price to pay for getting something done cheaply)