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New electrical safety rules to ensure that private tenants are protected

New regulations that are designed to strengthen electrical safety practices and bring in line with those already well-established within gas safety regulations in private residential tenancies have been introduced. 

The regulation will initially affect private residential tenancies; new tenancies from today (1 July 2020) and those tenancies already in existence from 1 April 2021.

The proposal aims to ensure all electrical wiring and fixed electrical installations are signed off and reported by a qualified electrician.


If the report highlights any issues, the landlord will be required to remedy the issue within 28 days, or potentially face a fine of up to £30,000.

Fresh guidance setting out how the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 affect landlords, tenants and local authorities has been issued by the government. 

To also help support the buy-to-let industry, the National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT) has provided detailed guidance on the new Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 to both landlords and its members.

NAPIT is also supporting landlord associations, letting agents and local authorities in their understanding of the new regulations during this period of adjustment through webinars, articles, and by responding directly to queries.

• Landlord guidance is available here

• The Electrical Safety Checks in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 is available to view here

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    Rogue landlords are exempt from any regulation.
    As usual, it is the genuine landlords that have to pay up for this again.
    I am just waiting for air and water testing to become compulsory, with a whacking big fine for non-compliance.
    You get less punishment for carrying out 30 burglaries.
    The authorities really do hate us genuine landlords.

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    Water testing is actually in force in places with Legionella risk assessments which should be updated every two years!

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    For flats this is probably a flat management issue if water tanks are shared. None of my flats have their water tanks in the their own space


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