Landlord Compliance in Scotland, 2022.

What Compliance Certificates do Landlords need in Scotland? 

Navigating all the legal requirements, regulations, and best safety practices can be a lot for new landlords. The following five safety checks, reports, and certificates are considered mandatory in Scotland as of April 2022.

  • EICR – Electrical Installation Condition Report
  • Gas Safety Certificate – CP12 Report
  • EPC – Energy Performance Certificate
  • LRA – Legionella Risk Assessment
  • PAT – Portable Appliance Testing
  • Smoke Alarm & Carbon Monoxide Detector Install & Certificate

What is an EICR?

An EICR identifies any damage, deterioration, defects, and/or conditions that may give rise to danger, along with observations for which improvement is recommended. An EICR walkthrough and inspection must be carried out by an experienced qualified electrician or approved contractor (Quinnergy is approved).

An EICR is a formal document that is produced following an assessment of a property’s electrical installation.

It is required by all landlords to ensure your full electrical installation is safe.
Engineers perform diagnostics and testing on your systems to ensure:

  • Circuits are not overloaded
  • There is no risk of electric shock or fire hazards
  • There is no defective electrical work
  • There are no problems with earthing or bonding

For Landlord Compliance, an EICR inspection should be completed every 3 to 5 years to comply with regulations and to make sure there has been no degradation of the system or additional wear and tear on the apparatus.

After inspection, a report will be issued that will detail any dangerous or defective part of the installation. If required, remedial works to bring the installation up to standard can be carried out by ourselves, or be arranged with another provider of your preference.

What is a Gas Safety check? 

Gas safety regulations require landlords to ensure that all gas fittings and flues are maintained in a safe condition. They must also ensure that all appliances and flues are checked for safety at least every 12 months.

You need to make sure a “Gas Safe Register Engineer” carries out the safety check on your property. Quinnergy specialise in landlord compliance; all our gas engineers are Gas Safe Registered Engineers.

 

A gas safety inspection & landlord compliance certificate includes:

  • Any remedial work that needs to be done
  • Any unsafe issues that need to be taken care of
  • The results of the safety tests and checks performed on the homes appliances and pipework
  • A detailed report of what appliances/pipework has been tested and where they are located in the home
  • Details of the landlord or letting agency and the properties address
  • Details regarding the Gas Safe engineer who did the inspection and the date of inspection

The Gas Safe Register in the UK don’t provide a standard form for gas safety certificates, so documentation and paperwork will vary depending on the landlord compliance company you choose to work with.

Our certificates are presented in the most accessible format for quickly viewing key information.

What are the Scottish Smoke Alarm Regulations and why do I need a safety check?

In February 2022, the laws for Scotland Smoke Alarms changed and now all Scottish homes must be in line with the smoke and heat alarm regulations!

Here’s a quick overview of the new regulations for Scotland Smoke and Heat Alarms:

  • one smoke alarm required in the room most frequently used for general daytime living purposes
  • one smoke alarm required in every circulation space on each story, such as hallways and landings
  • one heat alarm required in every kitchen
  • all alarms need to be mounted on the ceiling, unless directed otherwise by the manufacturer,
  • All smoke and heat alarms must be interlinked, meaning that if one goes off, they all go off

These property regulations extend beyond just landlord compliance; ALL HOMES are subject to these new standards.
There are no exceptions.

Do I need a Carbon Monoxide Detector? 

Landlords in the UK are required to have carbon monoxide detectors installed in their rental property in every room containing a carbon-fuelled appliance such as a boiler, and every room a flue passes through.
Homeowners aren’t currently required to have CO detectors in their homes, although we recommend having one installed for your own safety, since carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, poisonous gas.

Must Carbon Monoxide Detectors be interlinked with other detectors? 

No.

What is an EPC Certificate? 

An EPC gives a property a rating based on its energy efficiency and its carbon dioxide emissions. It provides an indication of how much it costs to heat and power a property.

The ratings for an EPC go from A—most efficient—to G—least efficient. An EPC rating is calculated based on the construction of a property, the type of dwelling, the type of boiler, insulation, double glazing, and heating systems that are in place. Once an EPC has been created it will remain valid for a period of ten years.

Lamdlord Compliance epc glasgow a to g ratings in scotland

By law, all landlords and letting agents must have an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) in place for any property that they advertise for rent.

An EPC is produced by a Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA).

EPCs do not only contain efficiency and emissions ratings, they also have recommendations on how to make a property more energy-efficient and information on the estimated fuel costs for a property.

What is a Legionella Risk Assessment, and is it a legal requirement?

Legionella Risk Assessments are a legal requirement for Landlords in the UK and non-compliance could lead to large fines or even imprisonment.

Legionella is a form of bacteria typically found in water systems such as water tanks, pipes, and air conditioning units. If left untreated this can lead to Legionnaires’ Disease, which is caused by inhaling small droplets of water containing the bacteria.

Landlords are responsible for carrying out Legionella Risk Assessments on your residential lettings.

Watch our LRA video to learn more about our Legionella Risk Assessment service for landlords: LRA Video

PAT – Portable Appliance Testing

All appliances in a property should be tested at least every 12 months to ensure they are in good working order. This is part of ensuring the whole property provided to tenants is kept to a safe standard.

The boring landlord compliance part… PAT Testing Legislation

Business owners, landlords, public service providers and employers are required, by law, to take steps to ensure that all electrical equipment in their properties are safe for continued use by the tenant.

Quinnergy Landlord Compliance Packages

Landlords we’ve got you covered so don’t worry about it!

We are Scotland’s Landlord Compliance Specialists, and we do all required safety checks in one quick visit.

Click HERE to learn more. 

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