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Landlords call for gas and electrical safety extension

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The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) is calling on the government to agree an extension for gas and electrical safety certificates during the coronavirus crisis. 

Landlords call for gas and electrical safety extensionThe call follows an NRLA survey, which revealed that many landlords are struggling to find the necessary contractors to complete the work or are unable to have inspections carried out because they or their tenants are self-isolating. 

The NRLA wants gas and electrical safety certificates, which are expiring during the six-month period from 1 April, to be extended for six months. The move would be similar to the government’s decision to extend MOT certificates. 

The landlords’ body is also asking the government to delay the introduction of the new Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICRs), due to come into force from July, which put electrical safety inspections on the same mandatory footing as gas safety checks. 

EICR checks involve inspections of the wiring throughout a property and can take several hours to complete – an issue for tenants who need to self-isolate. 

Ben Beadle, chief executive of the NRLA, said: “Whilst landlords should ensure that urgent work to ensure properties are safe for tenants is carried out, routine maintenance and checks need to be delayed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

“Extending the life of gas and electrical safety certificates will protect landlords and tenants from unnecessary contact and provide landlords with legal protection from enforcement action where they are simply unable to get such work undertaken through no fault of their own.”   

The NRLA survey was conducted in March among more than 2,700 landlords. It found that 38% of respondents had experienced difficulties finding contractors to work on their properties, making them nervous about falling foul of regulations. 

Read more about this story on the NRLA website. 

Neil Jennings

Neil is the Operations Director at Assetgrove Lettings, London's Leading Rent Guarantee Company, providing Landlords with no voids, property maintenance, fee-free property management and stress-free service.

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