NAPIT have launched ‘Guidance for Landlords’ on the new Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector, England.
These Regulations apply in England to –
all new specified tenancies from 1st July 2020; and
all existing specified tenancies from 1st April 2021.
NOTE– Properties let on statutory periodic tenancies where the fixed term expires between 01 July 2020 and 01 April 2021 WILL require an inspection and test at this point under the Regulations. For statutory periodic tenancies – where on expiry of the fixed term the tenancy rolls over into a periodic tenancy automatically by statute (rather than by contract) – the periodic tenancy would be a new tenancy.
The Regulations coming into force are for new specified tenancies which require private landlords to ensure their properties are subject to electrical inspection and testing, resulting in a satisfactory report, carried out by a qualified, competent person at intervals not exceeding 5 years. This will apply to all existing specified tenancies from the 1st April 2021.
Mike Andrews, Chief Executive Officer of NAPIT comments: “As the National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers, we see it as our duty to provide accurate, consistent and easy to understand Guidance for landlords on these new Regulations. Electrical Safety is at the forefront of everything we do, and we have worked hard on this guidance to make it easy for Landlords to understand their requirements. We have also launched a dedicated online search facility on our website helping landlords search for competent and qualified tradespeople that they can trust to carry out their electrical inspections. As well as this we have created a new Landlord Electrical Installation Safety Record for our members to use which provides a summary of the often lengthy Electrical Installation Condition Report. We will continue to support both our members and Landlords during this period of adjustment.”
The guide is very clear for landlords. Most queries are covered;