The housing (Scotland) Act 2014 has introduced the requirement that all Landlords have carried out a fixed wiring Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) on their properties every five years unless its been recommend checks are carried out more frequently by an Electrician.
Portable Appliances Tests (PAT) on electrical items belonging to the Landlord must also be checked annually.
For further details click on the link for Electrical Safety First below.
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 deal with Landlords duties to make sure gas appliances, fittings and flues provided for tenants are safe. All gas installations and appliances require to be checked on an annual basis by a “Gas Safe” engineer where a Landlord Gas Safety Certificate is issue (LGS) also known as a CP12.
Pipework, appliances and flues must be maintained in a safe condition. Gas appliances should be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. A 12 monthly gas safety check must be carried out on every gas appliances and flue. A safety check will make sure gas fittings and appliances are safe to use. A record of the annual gas safety check must be provided to your tenant within 28 days of the check being completed or to new tenants before they move in. Landlords must keep copies of the gas safety record for two years.
You should also make sure your tenants know where to turn off the gas and what to do in the event of a gas emergency.
For further information click on the Gas Safe link below.
Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 sets out the criteria that must be met to comply with the Repairing Standard.
There should be at least:
- One functioning smoke alarm in the room which is frequently used by the occupants for general daytime living purposes
- One functioning smoke alarm in every circulation space, such as hallways and landings
- One heat alarm in every kitchen
- All alarms should be interlinked
- Hardwired mains powered with standby power
Advise your tenants to test them weekly and never remove the batteries. Make an emergency plan should the worst happen.
Further information can be found by clicking on The Scottish Government link and for Fire Safety the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service link below.
The Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 has introduced the requirement that all Landlords must have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors fitted in their properties.
A long life battery or mains powered detector must be fitted in any space which contains fuel burning appliance (Excluding cooking appliances) e.g. a gas/oil boiler, gas/oil fire, wood burning stove or open coal fire. There should also be one in any bedroom or living room which is bypassed by a flue.
CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING – You can’t see it, taste it or smell it but it can kill quickly and with no warning!
Six main symptoms to look out for
- Loss of Consciousness
Click on the Gas Safe link below for more details.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
This is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia caused by the inhalation of small droplets of contaminated water containing Legionella. All man-made hot and cold water systems are likely to provide an environment where Legionella can grow. As a Landlord the law is clear that if you are a landlord and rent out your property (or even a room within your own home) then you have legal responsibilities to ensure the health and safety of your tenant by keeping the property safe and free from health hazards. Identify and assess sources of risk, manage any risks, prevent or control any risks & keep and maintain records.
An assessment should be carried out and reviewed at least once a year.
For further information click on the Health & Safety Executive link below.