Last reviewed 4 August 2022

A leading industry forum has created a useful new guide to assist landlords in understanding The Renting Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) (Wales) Regulations 2022.

The Electrical Safety Roundtable (ESR) explained that the Regulations, which will take effect for all new tenancies from 1 December 2022, and all existing tenancies from 1 December 2023, introduce three new legal requirements on landlords of both social and private rented residential properties.

These are to ensure:

  • the presence of smoke alarms are in proper working order

  • the presence of carbon monoxide alarms are in proper working order

  • the periodic inspection and testing of electrical installations.

The guidance sets out the requirements of the Regulations and provides answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) compiled from the experiences of English landlords following the introduction of the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020.

Theresa Wallace, who chairs the Lettings Industry Council, said: “As committed participants of the ESR we are very pleased that the group has published easily accessible, free guidance for landlords with properties in Wales to assist with their understanding and compliance with the new Regulations.”

The guide, available in English and Welsh, covers topics such as understanding an Electrical Installation Condition Report, how to ensure the electrical contractor used is qualified and competent in relation to inspection testing and remedial work and what written confirmation is needed to demonstrate remedial work has been completed.

“There is always a period of adjustment and familiarisation when new Regulations are introduced,” Ms Wallace concluded, “and guidance of this kind is an example of the proactive and supportive role the Roundtable plays in enhancing electrical safety standards across the UK”.