Landlord Safety Responsibilities
Landlords have a number of legal obligations which they must adhere to by law. At Etimon we know complying with all the legal requirements can be a headache that’s why we look after all of this for our landlord clients. We abide by the Letting Agent Code of Practice (Scotland) 2016 and will ensure we will guide you through the legal minefield to ensure you are legally compliant.
If your property has a gas supply, you will need to have a Gas Safe Engineer carry out a safety check on all gas installation and appliances annually. This includes the gas meter, boilers, heated water tanks, fires and cookers. You must supply the tenant with a copy of the Gas Safety Certificate (GSC) which is issued by the engineer.
Fixed wiring (Electrical Installation Condition Report or EICR) checks must be carried out at least every five years.
Anything that is movable and fitted with a plug should be on the PAT report. Everything in the property which uses the electrical supply must be on either EICR or PAT, unless it belongs to the tenant.
Mains powered carbon monoxide (CO) detectors must be fitted in any space which contains a carbon based fuel appliance (excluding cooking appliances) e.g. a gas/oil boiler, gas/oil fire, wood burning stove or open coal fire. There should also be one in any bedroom or living room which is bypassed by a flue.
Mains powered smoke detectors must be installed in the living room and all circulation areas/hallways and a mains powered heat detector in the kitchen. All alarms should be interlinked. It is best practice to provide a fire blanket and/or extinguisher in the kitchen and these should be maintained and serviced regularly.
Landlords have a legal duty to ensure that the risk of exposure of tenants to Legionnaires’ Disease is properly assessed and controlled. A risk assessment should be carried out and regularly reviewed and control measures should be implemented.
To minimise the risk of fire, the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 set out requirements for all soft furnishings. It’s illegal to provide furnishings that don’t comply. Each item of furniture or furnishings must have a label attached to it stating compliance with the regulations.
These guidelines apply to any property that is not a HMO (House in Multiple Occupation)