Requirements for electrical safety are outlined in the Scottish Government Statutory Guidance on Electrical Installations and Appliances in Private Rented Property.
Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)
From 1st December, 2016 it became a legal requirement for all rental properties in Scotland to have a valid EICR.
An EICR is an electrical survey, checking the overall condition of all electrical installations in the property. The survey carries out tests on the fixed wiring of the installation to find potential hazards, including any lack of earthing or bonding. The electrician will produce a report, stating whether the electrical installation is satisfactory for continued use, and detail any work that needs to be done as required.
The EICR must be carried out every 5 years (minimum) by a qualified electrician.
- A copy of the EICR must be given to the tenant.
- A copy of the EICR must be kept by the landlord for 6 years.
The EICR replaces the Periodic Inspection Report (PIR).
Electrical Installation Condition Report: £95+VAT 1 or 2 bedroom property
Each additional bedroom: £10+VAT
Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)
The PAT includes visual checks and tests carried out on portable electrical appliances, including their plugs and cables. All portable appliances supplied in the property by the landlord, including white goods (even when integrated) must be tested.
- A copy of the PAT must be given to the tenant.
- A copy of the PAT must be kept by the landlord for 6 years.
Portable Appliance Testing: £2.50+VAT (price per appliance)
There is a call out charge of £25+VAT if this is not being carried out at the same time as any other work.