Landlord Guide to Electrical Safety
Supporting information for Scottish Landlord Registration
From 1st December 2015 landlords are required to undertake two types of electrical checks on their rental properties; an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) and a Portable Appliance Test (PAT).
The two parts to the electrical safety inspection are –
- an inspection of installations, fixtures and fittings – (EICR)
- a record of testing of appliances provided by the landlord – (PAT)
The tenant must be given a copy of the inspection when it is done. A new tenant must be given a copy of the most recent inspection before the tenancy begins.
Landlords should ensure that inspections are carried out by a competent person – there the standard of what is expected is in the guidance below.
The minimum standard is that an electrical safety inspection is carried out every five years – but testing can be carried out more frequently details are in the guidance below.
- Full information on how to comply can be found on the Scottish Government website https://www.gov.scot/publications/electrical-installations-and-appliances-private-rented-properties/
- Useful information can also be found in on the Electrical Safety-First website https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/