Electrical Safety - Final Deadline 1st Nov 2016

New legislation came into force on 1st December 2015 regarding electrical safety checks, with The Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 requiring landlords to comply with the Repairing Standard by having fixed wiring Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) carried out on their rental property every 5 years.

• 1 December 2015 – was the deadline for any new tenancies entered into on or after this date (this included current tenants signing a new lease)
• 1 December 2016 - for existing tenancies

Landlords are required to provide tenants with:

• An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) which assesses the condition of the electrical installations, fixtures and fittings.
• A Portable Appliance Test (PAT), which approves the safety of everything (provided by the landlord), that uses an electrical supply but that is not connected to the electrical installation. All appliances must have test labels stuck on them once checked. It is advised that PAT tests are carried out more frequently than five yearly if recommended by an electrician. HMO properties require annual testing.

EICRs are required every 5 years and must be carried out by a registered electrician. A copy of the EICR must be provided to both new and retained tenants. Landlords are required to ensure that anything that fails to pass the inspection is replaced or repaired immediately

EICR checks carried out between 1st January 2012 and 30th November 2015 are acceptable, even if they do not include an appliance check. For example, an EICR carried out on 30th November 2015 without PAT checks would still be valid for up to 5 years, to end November 2020.

The person who conducts the EICR checks must be a member or be employed by a firm that 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). The PAT test can be carried out by anyone who has undergone PAT training.

There may be an Electrical Installation Certificate (EIC) rather than an EICR if:

• The property is a new build
• The property has been fully rewired.

If there is an Electrical Installation Certificate, this can be provided to demonstrate that your property complies with the new guidance, provided that the date of the next inspection indicated on the certificate has not elapsed.
The Key Place is dealing with all EICR and PAT checks for our fully managed landlords.