This December, Landlord Electrical Safety Responsibilities Are Changing

If you own and rent properties, your responsibilities regarding landlord 
electrical safety in Glasgow
and throughout Scotland are changing. The Scottish government wants to reduce the number of domestic fires caused by faulty wiring or electrical appliances. In order to do so, new legislation will require landlords to have the electrics in their properties assessed periodically to spot any potential hazards or areas of concern.

Here’s what you need to know about the new electrical safety regulations:

Electrical Safety Inspections

An electrical safety inspection is the process of assessing wiring, fittings, sockets and appliances to ensure that they are operating safely and haven’t developed any faults or been damaged. Faulty appliances and broken wiring can cause electrocution or fire.

Landlord electrical safety inspections are vital for protecting your tenants, your property, and yourself. At the end of the inspection you will be given an electrical safety certificate that states the electrics in your property are in full working order.

What Does an Electrical Safety Certificate Cover?

The electrical safety inspection will include – but will not be limited to – an assessment of wiring including any hard wired smoke alarms, lighting fixtures, and plug sockets, as well as appliances such as boilers and storage heaters. These are all examined as part of the Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), which, if passed, will result in you receiving an electrical safety certificate.

The new landlord electrical safety rules mean you must also have all your appliances and electrical goods inspected under the PAT guidelines. Portable Appliance Testing makes sure that anything that is not permanently attached to a property’s electrical supply is in full working order and has no damage or faults that make it a risk to users or the property itself. PAT testing is done on items from televisions and fridge freezers to kettles and extension leads.

Put simply, every electrical item in your property that doesn’t belong to the tenant needs to be either EICR inspected or PAT tested.

What Are My Obligations?

Under the new landlord electrical safety regulations you are required to have your property inspected at least every five years. You must also have it inspected at the beginning of each new tenancy. Any issues that are found, or damaged appliances, must be replaced immediately. You must keep your electrical safety certificates, in order to prove that the property has been inspected and is safe, and provide a copy of this to current and any new tenants.

An inspection can only be carried out by a competent person employed by a company accredited by either the NICEIC or SELECT (Electrical Contractors’ Association of Scotland). GW Electrics are an NICEIC approved contractor, and can provide you with a comprehensive electrical safety certificate to ensure you and your tenants are protected.

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