New Electrical Safety Laws for private rental properties in Scotland

03 December 2015

As from 1st December 2015, under sections 13(4A) and 19B(4) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006, all private landlords in Scotland will be required by law to ensure that an electrical safety inspection of their property is carried out by a registered electrician at least once every five years.

The safety inspection is required to cover:

  • any installations in the property for the supply of electricity
  • electrical fixtures and fittings
  • any appliances provided by the landlord under the tenancy.

The new law affects both existing and new tenancies.

The points to note are as follows:-

  • The tenant must be given a copy of the inspection certificate when it is available.
  • A new tenant must be given a copy of the most recent inspection certificate before the tenancy begins.
  • The new law applies to new tenancies that begin on or after 1 December 2015.
  • The new law applies to existing tenancies from 1 December 2016. This means that landlords will have up to one year from now within which to organise inspections of the properties they currently let.
  • The person who conducts the checks must be employed by a firm which is a member of an accredited registration scheme operated by a body recognised by the Scottish Government – this will usually mean that they are registered with NICEIC or a member firm of the Electrical Contractors’ Association of Scotland (SELECT).
  • There may be quite a demand for qualified electricians, so we would recommend that you think about arranging this inspection sooner rather than later.

If you require any further more information on this or any other matters relating to Landlord Responsibilities, Tenancies Agreements or the Scottish Private Rented Sector, please contact one of our Solicitors here who will be happy to advise you.