Landlord Rented Properties

Landlords – Electrical Installation, Maintenance and Testing Work in Private Rented Properties

AC Gold Electrical Services Ltd carry out electrical installation and testing services for letting agents, housing associations and local authorities to keep your porfolio of rental stock electrically compliant and up to date with all necessary regulations.

Electrical Installation Conditioning Report (EICR) and PAT Testing

LATEST LEGISLATION NEWS – From 1st December 2015 Electrical Installation Conditioning Report (EICR) and PAT Testing is now mandatory for Private Rented Properties in Scotland.
Landlord-Scotland-Electrical-EICR-Report Main Legislation Points:
  • The electrical safety inspection has two separate elements: (1) An Electrical Installation Conditioning Report (EICR) on the safety of the electrical installations, fixtures and fittings and (2) a Portable Appliance Test (PAT) on portable appliances.
  • An EICR must be carried out by a qualified electrician who is a member of SELECT or NICEIC.
  • An An Electrical Installation Conditioning Report (EICR) must be carried out and in place:
    • Before every new tenancy starts and;
    • Every 5 years (could be 3 years for HMO property) from the date of the previous An EICR.
  • A copy of the most recent EICR and PAT report must be given to a new tenant prior to moving in. If an Electrical Installation Conditioning Report is carried out during an occupied tenancy, a copy of the EICR report relating to that electrical inspection must also be given to the tenant.
  • The requirement for landlords in Scotland to carry out regular Electrical Installation Conditioning Report and PAT Testing was introduced by the Scottish Government on 19th February 2015 and came into effect on 1st December 2015.
Full Details and Guidance for Landlords on EICR and PAT Testing can be found at the Private Rented Housing Panel website. View our Electrical Installation Conditioning Report (EICR) for full details on how to book your next EICR and PAT testing services for your rental property or portfolio of rental housing stock.

Smoke and Heat Alarms

LATEST LEGISLATION NEWS: Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Act 2011 – New Legislation from May 2014 regarding smoke/heat alarms
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Scottish Landlords

As a Landlord in Scotland, you have a responsibility to keep your tenants safe from fire and carbon monoxide (CO) and must fit smoke and carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms in tenanted properties by law. Failure to comply could result in a fine or even a prison sentence.

From May 2014 Private Rented Properties must comply with the Repairing Standards and the revised Technical Handbook 2013 in relation to smoke and heat detectors in private rented properties.

In addition to fitting smoke and heat detectors, from 1st December 2015 Scottish Private Landlords have to install a working carbon monoxide alarm in every room or inter-connected space where there is a fixed combustion appliance (excluding an appliance used solely for cooking).

The Technical Handbook 2013 stipulates:
  • One functioning smoke alarm in the one room which is frequently used by occupants for general daytime living (normally the living room).
  • One functioning smoke alarm in every circulation space, such as hallways and landings. Usually this means at least one smoke alarm installed in flats and at least two smoke alarms installed in a two storey property.
  • One heat alarm in every kitchen
  • At least one alarm on each floor
  • All alarms must meet the standard set by building regulations
  • All smoke, heat and CO alarms should be hard wired to the mains electricity supply and interlinked with all other alarms, either wireless or wired.

Note: The fitting of a hard-wired (mains powered) smoke, heat, or carbon monoxide alarm may require a building warrant and the relevant local authority should be consulted.

There can be exceptions as to why work may not be carried out as stipulated in the Technical Handbook 2013, but failure to follow the guidance without good reason and proof may result in enforcements action being taken. Full details and guidance for Landlords on smoke and heat alarms can be found at the Private Rented Housing Panel website.

House of Multiple Occupacy (HMO) Properties

House of Multiple Occupacy

In addition to adhering to the Repairing Standard (Technical Handbook 2013), House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) properties must also comply with stricter rules such as:

  • Each bedroom must have smoke alarms
  • Emergency lights must be installed in escape routes
  • Fire alarm panel systems may be required in certain building types
The number of electrical socket outlets in HMO properties must meet the following minimum requirements:
  • 6 electrical sockets in each kitchen
  • 6 electrical sockets in each bedroom and living room
  • 4 additional electrical sockets anywhere in the building
Electrical Installation Conditioning Reports (EICR) are also required every 3 years, but can vary depending on the local authority and region.

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