New electrical safety standards here in July – new guide issued
It’s only eight weeks to the start off the new Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector which come into force on the 1st July 2020.
The regulations are for new tenancies which require landlords or their agents 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 five years.
This will apply to all existing tenancies from April 1 next year.
Despite the Coronavirus crisis, the standards are still being introduced as planned with the government issuing guidance making it clear that landlords and their agents are still responsible for providing safe homes during the pandemic – but that if they can show that they have taken all reasonable steps to comply with their duties under the regulations, they are not in breach of the duty if they cannot comply.
Mike Andrews, chief executive of the National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers – which has issued new guidance for the sector – says: “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.”