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NAPIT Welcomes New Welsh Legislation

NAPIT Welcomes New Welsh Legislation on Electrical Safety Checks

NAPIT welcomes the introduction of new legislation in Wales making electrical safety checks a legal requirement for landlords of all homes.

The Welsh Government has confirmed that the Renting Homes (Wales) Act will come into force on the 15thof July 2022. The changes will affect all social and private tenants and landlords.

Part 4 of the Renting Homes(Wales) Act sets out the obligations placed on landlords regarding the condition of the dwelling. A landlord under these obligations must ensure a dwelling is in good repair and fit for human habitation. Alongside this, new guidance has been published for landlords on what they must do to meet The Renting Homes(Fitness for Human Habitation) (Wales) Regulations 2022 (“the FFHH Regulations”). It includes three new legal requirements. These are to ensure the presence of smoke alarms in proper working order, the presence of carbon monoxide detectors in proper working order and to ensure the inspection and testing of electrical installations.

From 15th July 2022, the Renting Homes (Wales) Act requires all rented homes to have aperiodic inspection and testing (PIT) of the electrical installation, carried out by a qualified person such as a registered electrician, every five years unless the requirements of the previous Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) indicate a shorter inspection and testing interval. Failure to comply will mean that the dwelling is considered unfit for human habitation and the landlord could face prosecution.

The current EICR must be made available to the contract holder (tenant) within seven days of the occupation date. Where a PIT is carried out after the occupation date the EICR must be provided to the contract-holder within seven days of the inspection date. Landlords will also have to provide contract-holders with written confirmation of all investigatory and remedial work carried out because of the PIT. This must be provided to the contract-holder within seven days of the occupation date or within seven days of the landlord receiving this confirmation if the property is already occupied.

Commenting on the publication of this new guidance and legislation, NAPIT Trade Association Chairman, Frank Bertie said: ‘The new guidance and legislation are a welcome step forward in the provision of improving electrical safety standards in Wales. It is great to see mandatory electrical safety checks becoming a legal requirement for all tenures. This goes beyond the current requirements in England by including the social rented sector and establishes parity of safety for all tenants. The requirement to use a qualified electrician to undertake the periodic inspection and testing is key to enhancing safety and we support the Government’s recommendation to use a registered electrician. The enhanced ‘Find a Tradesperson’ search facility on the NAPIT website specifically allows landlords to search for registered electrical companies who have been assessed as competent to undertake electrical inspections and we encourage this facility to be used.’

To read the full guidance for landlords visit here

To find a NAPIT registered electrician, click here

To read the Bill in full, click here

Article Published: 20 January 2022

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