Scottish Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart MSP has recently reminded landlords of their responsibilities under the Housing (Scotland) Act.
Mr Stewart said: "Government statistics have shown that most accidental fires in Scottish homes are caused by electricity. It is most important to continue to deliver the safety message to landlords".
In 2015, the Scottish Government issued Statutory Guidance on Electrical Installations and Appliances in Private Rented Property. This guidance was part of the Scottish Government Advice Pack for Private Landlords and was issued under sections 13(4A) and 19B(4) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006.
The Act included a requirement for landlords to conduct five-yearly electrical checks of the fixed wiring and any electrical appliances supplied in privately rented homes.
The guidance states that the checks must be conducted by appropriately skilled persons and lists those employed by SELECT Members as one of the organisations meeting this requirement.
The guidance states that private landlords in Scotland are required by law to ensure that a rented house meets the repairing standard at the start of a tenancy and throughout a tenancy.
The electrical safety inspection has two separate elements:
- An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) on the safety of the electrical installations, fixtures and fittings, and
- A Portable Appliance Test (PAT) on portable appliances
More information about the repairing standard and the other elements that need to be met by landlords is available in the Advice Pack for Private Landlords.
You can also download SELECT’s guide to Electrical Safety Checks in the Private Rental Sector or download Electrical Safety First’s ‘Landlords’ guide to electrical safety – Scotland’ for further guidance.
SELECT has members which operate all over Scotland and who can help landlords to meet their legal requirements. You can visit www.needanelectrician.scot to search for SELECT Members who provide this service.
Landlords who require further clarification should contact SELECT’s Technical Services team on 0131 445 5577.
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