Changing a wall light switch myself

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    Changing a wall light switch myself

    A dimmer switch has failed in my rental property and needs replacing. I'm no electrician but as this is as simple as it gets I was going to replace it myself. However, my wife is adamant that it is now the law that in a rental property anything electrical, no matter how trivial, must be performed by a qualified electrician. Is she correct?

    #2
    Is your wife going to pay the £50 to £100 for that?

    Crack on mate.

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      #3
      No she is not correct. Obviously you need to be certain that you know what you are doing.

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        #4
        Andrew raises an interesting point...

        I'm just imagining if Frank & Betty Spencer were landlords. Frank would probably have written exactly what o/p did.

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          #5
          Thought so, thanks for your replies. Just so I can keep her quiet is there something online thats ‘official’ I can point her to?

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            #6
            What you are describing would be classified as minor works. A competent DIYer could do it. However, reading the guidance, strictly speaking you should get a qualified person to check your work and issue a minor works certificate. In the real world, if you pay an electrician to check your work, you may as well pay him to do the installation in the first place...

            ​​​​Down to you to interpret the guidance as you see fit.

            See the articles by NLA or RLA i.e. https://www.rla.org.uk/landlord/guid...l_safety.shtml

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              #7
              Great, thanks. In fact the article she was using as 'proof' states quite clearly that minor works, like changing a light socket, fall out or Part P regulations.

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