Electrical Safety – EICR/PAT checks – The Up to Date Position

As most of our clients are already aware, changes to the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 now require Landlords to have a fixed wiring (Electrical Installation Condition Report -EICR) checks carried out on their rental properties every 5 years (or less if indicated by the electrician).  This currently applies for any new tenancies entered into after 1st December 2015 and will now include all existing tenancies from 1st December 2016.

The new EICR must also include an appliance check report (PAT), which is required to be provided by the landlord on all appliances provided with the tenancy.  Anything with a movable and fitted plug should be included on the PAT check.  The requirements introduced indicate that it is advisable that PAT checks are carried out regularly, although it is only mandatory for them to be carried out at least every five years, or more often if advised by the electrician.

Watt Property take the safety of our tenants and the responsibility of our landlords very seriously and therefore as part of our Policy we will ensure that your properties meet the requirements of the Housing Act, but we will also ensure that your PAT checks are carried out annually as per the advice provided under the said Act.  Our electricians are happy to take a copy of your inventories along with them when carrying out the PAT checks to ensure that the only appliances checked are those belonging to the landlord and should any concerns be raised we will be sure to notify you of this straight away and assist you in attending to the matter as quickly as possible.

If, for any reason, you do not wish Watt Property to carry out these checks annually please contact our office to provide us with your alternative instructions to ensure your property is managed to your preference.

Contact; Pauline Smith, 0131 555 2777 pauline.smith@www.wattproperty.co.uk

or for more information visit;

https://www.prhpscotland.gov.uk/repairs-application-and-guidance

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2014/14/section/23/enacted