All privately rented properties in Scotland which are covered by the Scottish Repairing Standard will need to comply with the statutory regulations involving mandatory electrical checks.
The new rules will come into force from the 1st of December 2015.
The Scottish Government has now finalised its guidance on mandatory electrical testing and under the new requirements landlords will have to have a fixed wiring Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) checks carried out at least every five years.
The EICR report is to include an appliance check report – a Portable Appliance Test or PAT test – for all electrical appliances in the property provided by the landlord, but not those belonging to tenants.
Any electrical item not permanently connected to the electrical installation should PAT tested.
The regulations say that anything in the property which uses the electrical supply must be on either EICR or PAT tested, unless the item belongs to tenant.
These new regulations will apply from:
1st December 2015 – for new tenancies entered into on or after this date, which included renewal tenancies.
1st December 2016 – for all existing tenancies
It is also a requirement that landlords use competent and qualified electricians who should be members of either SELECT or NICEIC or otherwise be is a position to complete the checklist in Annex A of the guidance – see below.
All EICRs and PATs checks carried out from 1st December 2015 must be documented on the report forms specified on pages 12 and 14 of the PRHP guidance to be acceptable under the regulations. In addition, all appliances checked must have test labels placed on them.
Enforcement of the electrical testing requirements is the responsibility of the Private Rented Housing Panel (PRHP).
The PRHP can issue a “Repairing Standard Enforcement Order” and ultimately a rent penalty for non-compliance, which will be a criminal offence.
Private Rented Housing Panel (PRHP) Guidance here
Scottish Government Statutory Guidance on Electrical Installations and appliances in Private Rented Property here
Scotland’s trade association for the electrical industry
National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC)
NICEIC – www.niceic.com
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