Landlord Electrical Safety Responsibilities Are Changing

If you’re a landlord, you have a great deal of responsibility when you rent out a property. Naturally there’s a duty of care towards your tenants, in that the home you rent out must be habitable and free from hazards. One aspect of this duty of care, is the compulsory electrical safety inspections and how often they are carried out. This will come into effect on the 1st December 2015.

You, as a landlord, will have to ensure your property carries out an electrical safety inspection at least every 5 years. What’s more, this inspection will need to be carried out by a registered electrician.

It’s part of the Scotland Housing Act of 2006 under sections 13 (4A) and 19B (4) and private landlords will be required to ensure all properties owned are electrically safe by law.

What does a Landlord's EICR cover?

  • If you own the appliances in your properties, then as landlord you are responsible for making sure they’re checked during the routine electrical safety inspection

  • All Electrical Fixtures and Fittings.

As landlord of your property you will have to make sure everything is in a reasonable condition and in good working order.

Electrical Safety - Where Does This Leave You?

As part of your role as a responsible landlord you will have to make sure everything is tested, and if something is found to be in an unsatisfactory condition then you will have to replace it or repair it.

  • You should make sure the property to be rented out is inspected before the tenancy begins

  • While the house is rented out, you shouldn’t leave more than 5 years since the last inspection

  • A copy of the electrical safety inspection report should be accessible to both new and current tenants

Things you need to know

Whoever carries out the inspection must be belong to a recognised registration scheme operated by a body that’s recognised by the Scottish Government. This could be either NICEIC registered or the Electrical Contractors Association of Scotland (SELECT).

Any tenant who lives in one of your properties must have a copy of an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)  before 1st of December 2016, of course that will not be necessary if they end their tenancy before then.

Any EICR that has been carried out since the 1st January 2012, will still be in its 5 year cycle and therefore, will not need any PAT reports.

Any Electrical Installation Condition Report that is carried out after 1st December 2015 will be needing appliance test reports.

What happens when they carry out an electrical safety inspection?

The EICR – Electrical Installation Condition Report, is carried out on your property as well as a PAT test, which is a portable appliance test.

For the first test (EICR) the electrician will test all fixtures and fittings. This will include switches, sockets and light fittings, as well as fixed electrical equipment which will include but isn’t limited to storage heaters, boilers and fire detectors.

For the PAT test all appliances will be tested that are owned by the landlord.

Following these tests the electrician will give you an EICR document which will tell you about any problems, which will be coded, using classifications such as C1 and C2. C1 represents danger and C2 means potentially dangerous. If you get an F1 then further investigation is needed.

Any work carried out to rectify the problems highlighted will then be recorded. This will be on the Minor Electrical Installation Works Certificate.

Landlords Electrical Safety Certificate with GW Electrics

If you feel that you want to get one step ahead and talk it through with qualified and experienced electricians such as ourselves who are NICEIC registered, then get in touch.

At GW Electrics we’re qualified to carry out an electrical installation condition report in Glasgow on your property, and we’ll let you know of any electrical issues so you can rectify them quickly before they become bigger problems.