Your Edinburgh Electrician’s Guide to Landlord Requirements

Your Edinburgh Electrician’s Guide to Landlord Requirements

Our team here at DC Electrical Edinburgh are proud to be the number one choice for home rewire and electrical installation across Edinburgh and the Lothians. However did you know that we also offer our first class electrical testing and installation services to landlords too? 

From a single holiday let or student property to a full range of buy to let properties located across Edinburgh, our fully serviced range of landlord packages offer everything a safety conscious Edinburgh landlord could need. From PAT testing to property rewires, smoke alarm installation to EICR reports, we’ve got you covered. Sometimes the first step is simply knowing  what is required and where to start – that’s where our friendly team of Edinburgh electricians are here to help.

All private landlords based in Scotland, have a responsibility to make sure that an electrical safety report is undertaken at all properties that they are responsible for every five years. It is a legal requirement under (under sections 13(4A) and 19B(4) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006), that Scottish landlords are required to ensure that all properties they own are safe for tenants to live in. With such stringent legal requirements in place, it’s best to have an expert Edinburgh electrician on hand to ensure all safety checks are up to date. The required electrical checks state that all Scottish landlords need to ensure that any system that supplies electricity to a property and any electrical appliances are both safer and fit for purpose. It is also a requirement that regular safety inspections are carried out by an qualified and certified expert Edinburgh electrician team, such as the crew here at DC Electrical Edinburgh. If any appliance or any part of an electrical system fails an electrical inspection, it is the landlord’s responsibility to make sure that a repair or replacement is immediately actioned. Electrical checks on Edinburgh rental properties are required to take place every five years or with each change of tenancy. The legal requirement states that an electrical testing inspection report must be available to all tenants so it really is of the utmost importance that all safety checks are completed within the specified time frames.

You may be wondering what actually happens when your trusted Edinburgh electrician completes your rental property’s electrical safety inspection? First up will be the EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) which was previously referred to as a PIR (Periodic Inspection Report).  The EICR your Edinburgh electrician completes will mainly focus on electrical installations and fittings. A PAT (Portable Appliance Test) will follow and this sort of electrical test will focus on any portable electrical devices or appliances that are provided as part of the property’s tenancy. If your property has recently benefited from a full or partial home rewire or you own a new build property then you may have a EIC ( Electrical Installation Certificate) as opposed to a EICR.

Here at DC Electrical Edinburgh, your tenants safety is our priority. With our full range of fully accredited and guaranteed electrical work you couldn’t be in safer hands. For more details of our full range of landlord electrical services simply get in touch with our expert Edinburgh electrician team today.

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