Scottish Landlords: Property Compliance

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February 2, 2021
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Private landlords are responsible for ensuring that an electrical safety inspection of their property is carried out by a registered electrician at least every five years.

As of 1st December 2015, under sections 13(4A) and 19B (4) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006, private landlords in Scotland are required by law to ensure that their properties are electrically safe.

This covers:

  • Any installations in the property for the supply of electricity
  • Electrical fixtures and fittings
  • Any appliances provided by the landlord under the tenancy

Landlords must be able to prove that all the above are in a reasonable state of repair and in proper working order.

What happens during the electrical safety inspection?

An electrical safety inspection has two parts:

An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) – formerly known as a Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) – on the safety of the electrical installations, fixtures, and fittings.

A Portable Appliance Test (PAT) on any portable appliances that you have provided by the landlord.

For the Electrical Installation Condition Report, our electricians will carry out checks of installations for the supply of electricity, electrical fittings (including but not limited to switches, sockets and light fittings) and fixed electrical equipment (including but not limited to boilers, panel and storage heaters and hard-wired interlinked smoke and fire detectors).

As a result, the electrician will produce an EICR document that highlights any problems using different classifications: code C1 indicating ‘danger present’, code C2 indicating ‘potentially dangerous’ and code FI indicating ‘further investigation required’. Any remedial work that is undertaken because of the inspection will then be recorded on a Minor Electrical Installation Works Certificate.

Read the full guidance for landlords on the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber) webpage.

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