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Another New Rental Law

Electrical and gas safety is at the upmost importance. Not just in the tenanted sector but also the private. After the catastrophe which happened at Grenfell Tower. A 24 story tower that was devastated by an electrical fire. Of which 72 people tragically lost their lives. Thankfully Another New Rental Law shows electrical and gas safety regulations are now being revised.

It’s been a long time coming. Now seems almost certain that agents and landlords will have to ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new tenancies in England from July 1 this year, or from April 1 2021 for existing tenancies.

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The government states that the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 have been laid before Parliament.

These regulations are likely to be agreed by the Commons and the Lords in the coming weeks.

An analysis by ARLA says this means agents and landlords must ensure every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested at least every five years by a qualified person. 

The regulations also state that a landlord is required to obtain a report of the results of the inspection and test, supply it to each tenant within 28 days and retain a copy until the next inspection is due. 

ARLA says that upon request, the report must be provided to the local housing authority within seven days, and a private landlord must supply a copy of the last report to any new tenant before occupation, or any prospective tenant within 28 days of a request from that prospective tenant.

Breaches of the regulations can result in the local housing authority imposing a financial penalty of up to £30,000.

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents backs the move with chief executive David Cox saying: We are supportive of this concept and believe it will create a level playing field for all agents and landlords as well as ensuring improved safety standards for tenants.

Another new rental law means we are heading towards safer environments for the properties we own. Please share your views in the comment section.

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NICEIC Help more woman in to the industry

Ten more women have been given a helping hand into the electrical industry thanks to NICEIC’s bursary scheme.The bursary offers grants to women already working as an electrician or those looking to get a helping hand at the start of their career. It is open to females of all ages and the grant can help cover training, equipment or other associated costs up to a maximum of £500. This is a great way for NICEIC to Help more woman in to the industry

One of this year’s recipients was 25-year-old Hannah Daly from London. She has recently completed a level two qualification and will use the funding to further her studies.

She said: “I have never expected a handout or an easy ride in this industry but the bursary will help me complete the final weeks of my studies.

“It has given me an extra spring in my step. This is an exciting and varied field to work in. There are opportunities everywhere and I have always liked to stand out for doing things differently.”

Katie Harvey, 18, from Cumner in Oxfordshire is currently studying towards her NVQ. She intends on using the funding to purchase tools and equipment essential for her studies.

“I’ve had a great experience in the industry so far,” she commented. “Although I’ve not come across many females, I feel accepted and I’m enjoying getting to know my colleagues. I try and spread the word for female electricians as much as I can – it’s a great career choice and I wouldn’t choose to do anything else.”

Chloe Hulme, 26, from Exeter was another to get funding. She is serving an apprenticeship with a local electrical firm and will use the money to purchase new tools.

“I currently have to borrow all my tools from my boss. This will help me be more independent and more professional on site. I am so happy I took the plunge into taking up a trade. I have loved every minute of it so far and would encourage other women thinking about it to go for it.”

The bursary, which is now in its second year, forms part of NICEIC’s wider ‘Jobs for the Girls’ campaign, which was set up in 2011. It aims to educate women on the opportunities available to them in the electrical trade, as well as dispel the myth that it’s a job only suited to men.

NICEIC received more than 25 applications – an increase on the previous year. The money handed out funded a variety of needs including new tools, training courses and ongoing qualifications.

Paul Collins, Communications Manager at NICEIC, commented, “The increase in applications shows a growing increase from women looking to get involved, but the electrical industry is still massively under-represented by females.

“Our research suggests that just one in every 100 electricians is female. If we can help out those women who are just starting out or inspire others who might be thinking about a career in the electrical industry, then we will be well on the way to addressing the skills gap and gender imbalance directly.”
Applications for this year’s Bursary scheme closed on April 30. For more information about NICEIC’s campaign visit

NICEIC Help more woman in to the industry and we would like to do the same. Click here to see how we can help you.

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Don’t leave it to chance – unchecked appliances could pose a risk to you and your family. All gas appliances in your property need to be safety checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer annually and serviced according to manufacturer’s instructions. Any appliance left unchecked could leave you at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s an extremely good idea to have your gas pipework inspected at the same time as having a gas safety check, every year – and it’s law if you’re a landlord.

Sign up to our free reminder service at here to get an email or text each year so you don’t forget.

Gas and electrical safety checks

Appliance Servicing

If you notice any of the following warning signs, you’ll want to get your appliance serviced right away:

  • The gas appliance is not working properly
  • The appliance is burning with a lazy yellow flame rather than a crisp blue one
  • Black marks/stains are evident around the gas appliance
  • The pilot light keeps going out
  • There is increased condensation in the room

What’s the difference between a safety check and a service?

Prior to any work being carried out it is important to agree with your registered engineer their scope of the work so that everyone is clear. For example, there are differences between an appliance service and a safety check and equally between a safety check of appliances and a safety check of the whole installation, which includes all pipework and appliances.

What is an Appliance Safety Check?

An appliance safety check at a minimum includes all of the checks and tests to ensure the appliance is safe to operate, for example:

  • It is correctly set and adjusted to ensure the gas is burning correctly
  • It is of a type suitable for the room in which it is located
  • It is physically stable, securely fitted and properly connected to the gas pipework
  • There is an adequate and permanent air supply suitable for the appliance type installed
  • Any flues or chimneys are operating correctly
  • All safety devices function correctly

What is an Appliance Service?

An appliance service will include all of the above checks and tests and any other specific checks, for inspection and/or cleaning of the appliance as specified and detailed in the appliance manufacturer’s instructions. This may include:

  • If appropriate, an analysis of the combustion exhaust gases to ensure the appliance is burning the gas safely
  • A check of the condition of the appliance including (but not limited to): the effectiveness of any seals, gaskets, the cleanliness of heat exchangers etc. and checking for any signs of heat or other distress

This is not an exhaustive list and servicing requirements will vary across appliance types and models.

Note: Some appliance servicing regimes provide an interim performance check (annual) to be used in order to determine the degree of dismantling the appliance and the level of servicing required.

What is a Gas Installation Safety check?

If a gas installation safety check (all appliances and internal pipework) is required or specified each appliance will need to be checked as outlined above and additionally:

  • All accessible gas pipework is visually inspected to ensure the installation is in good condition, and;
  • The gas pipework is tested to ensure there are no gas leaks

During and after the engineer’s visit

When assessing an unsafe gas appliance, all engineers will follow the Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure (GIUSP) which provides ‘best practice’ advice to engineers on how to deal with specific gas safety concerns.

After they have worked on the appliance, the engineer may issue you with a report detailing the checks they’ve carried out. This could be a Gas Safety Record, depending on what work they have done – however it’s not a legal requirement for this to be issued, so it’s probably best to check with the business beforehand what documentation they’re likely to provide. You can visit our Gas Safety Inspection page for further information.  

Flues, chimneys and air vents

These all play an important role in the safe operation of gas appliances, allowing products of combustion to escape and ensuring a high level of ventilation. As cold as it might get during winter, never block up these airways – this could result in a build up of carbon monoxide in your home.

Chimneys will need to be checked every year for blockages (such as birds’ nests and debris) which can prevent dangerous fumes from escaping. The Gas Safe registered engineer will be on the lookout for these.

If you live in a property with a shared flue or chimney, you’ll need to share responsibility with others to ensure they are checked annually as it’s possible for carbon monoxide to enter properties through these shared vents.