The Government has finalised its guidance on mandatory electrical testing which will come into force from 1st December 2015. All Scottish privately rented property covered by the Repairing Standard will require to comply as below, regardless of tenancy type.
The full wording of the guidance can be read on the Private Rented Housing Panel (PRHP) website here.
Under the new requirement landlords will have to have fixed wiring (Electrical Installation Condition Report or EICR) checks carried out at least every five years. This will apply from the following dates: –
The EICR report must include an appliance check report (a Portable Appliance Test or PAT). PAT checks are required on appliances provided by the landlord, but not those belonging to the tenant. Everything in the property which uses the electrical supply must be on either EICR or PAT, unless it belongs to tenant.
It is advisable to have the checks carried out more frequently than five yearly if recommended by an electrician. Chapmans policy is to have the PAT carried out annually until further notice.
It is a requirement that landlords ensure that the electricians they use are competent. Electricians should be a member of SELECT or NICEIC or be able to complete the checklist in Annex A of the guidance.
Enforcement of the electrical testing requirements are 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 is a criminal offence.
The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) has been working closely with the government officials drafting the guidance. SAL has been successful in ensuring that it allows, among other items: –