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The new NAPIT Trade Association Guidelines for Landlords on “The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020” exceeds the requirement of these regulations.
The 2002 regulations come into force from 1st June and require that ECIR test standards to comply with the 18th Edition Electrical Wiring Regulations Inspection and Test requirements. The NAPIT Guidelines for Landlords ( Click here ) requires that 100% of a properties electrical installation is tested.
However, the 18th Edition requires the first test to be 100% and then a risk based percentage test is conducted. The percentage tested being determined by the testing electrician based on visual inspection, condition and sample test results.
I understand the later is adhered to by the other main trade body NICEIC. NAPIT approach will prove to be more costly and difficult for landlords to arrange, but more more importantly it adds to the confusion of this already poorly written legislation.
Local Authorities (LA’s) are task to enforce a regulation that is open to interpretation and now NAPIT adds to the confusion. Potentially, if LA’s adopt the more risk adverse stance of NAPIT, most landlords who have responsibly planned ahead of the new regulations or who have licensed HMO’s with ECIR already may find them to be invalid!
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