Legislation and Regulations
- EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) – This check, carried out by a qualified electrician, must now be in place before the start of a new tenancy (from 1stDecember 2015). For existing tenancies that started before this date, all properties must have an EICR in place by 1st December 2016. The certificate is valid for up to 5 years depending on recommendation from the electrician.
- PAT (portable appliance test) is also required and recommend generally on an annual basis at same time as annual safety checks, although legislation states up to 5 years depending on what the assessor recommends.
- Smoke and heat alarms – Mains wired, interconnected smoke and heat alarms are required in hallways, all main living areas and a heat alarm is required in the kitchen. Once installed the alarms have a life span of 10 years.
Legionella Risk Assessments
The health and Safety Executive has also introduced the responsibility of Legionella Management and risk assessment onto the landlord/agent and as such we recommend having this completed at your safety checks for £36 (or £48 if a separate visit). If you wish to opt out of this please let your property manager know.
Carbon Monoxide detectors
From 1st December 2015 a carbon monoxide detector will be required to be installed in all rooms which have a gas appliance or a flue running through. In order to avoid gas appliances being shut down at the gas safety inspection until it is fitted (and subsequent re-callout cost), we instruct engineers to install the detector at the same visit and negotiated a cost of £29 incl. VAT to fit whilst there. These will be mounted on a screw within 4m of the gas appliance to stop from going missing and can be easily seen.
Energy Performance Certificate
An EPC is a legal requirement for advertising your property and the rating must be displayed on the advert and a copy of the EPC displayed in the property. The government have had consultations in 2017 and will be implementing legislation on minimum standards for EPC ratings. They expect by 2022 all properties must have a minimum rating of E, by 2025 rating D and by 2030 rating C.
Further information is contained in the link below
Scottish Government – Energy Performance Certificates
There are many government programmes that have been introduced that you can gain free advice from on how to improve the energy efficiency in your home.
Landlord registration lasts for 3 years and is one of the few things (along with arranging landlord insurance and your self-assessment) that we cannot do on your behalf. Please ensure that your details are up to date by visiting www.landlordregistrationscotland.gov.uk – more detailed information can be found by clicking here