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Health and Safety changes in the letting market

Thursday, 24th September, 2015

HEALTH AND SAFETY CHANGES IN THE LETTING MARKET

  

Here at Rentolease we have been dealing with all Legislation Updates to ensure all of our clients are fully covered, protected and prepared.

 

 SMOKE DETECTORS

The Scottish Government has produced revised statutory guidance on the requirements for smoke alarms. A copy of the revised statutory guidance is available on the PRHP website by visiting www.prhpscotland.gov.uk.

However, the main points relative to smoke detectors are as follows:-

  One functioning smoke alarm in the room which is frequently used by the occupants for general daytime living purposes

  One functioning smoke alarm in every circulation space, such as hallways and landings

  One heat alarm in every kitchen

  All alarms should be interlinked

 

We are currently arranging this on behalf of our clients at a cost of £76 + VAT per detector and we are confident that this will be completed for all properties by the end of this year.

 

CO DETECTORS

Carbon Monoxide detector legislation comes into force in December 2015. The Housing(Scotland) Act 2014 amended the Repairing Standard to make landlords legally responsible for fitting carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in their

properties. From December 2015 landlords must have a long-life battery or mains-powered detector (which complies with British Standard and European directives) in any space that contains a carbon-based flue appliance (excluding cooking appliances). For all clients that we arrange Gas Safety checks for we will

have this fitted for you by our Gas Safe engineer at a cost of £35 inc VAT at your next gas inspection.

 

LEGIONELLA


Our Legionella Testing has now been completed for all properties, therefore if you have not received your Legionella Risk Assessment please contact our office.

 

EICR

 From 1st December 2015, private landlords are responsible for ensuring that an electrical safety inspection of their property is carried out by a registered electrician at least every five years. Landlords will be required by law to ensure that their properties are electrically safe, this covers:-

 

 Any installations in the property for the supply of electricity

 Electrical fixtures and fittings

 Any appliances provided by the landlord under the tenancy

An electrical safety inspection must be carried out before a tenancy starts, and during the tenancy at intervals of no more than five years from the date of the previous inspection. Any new tenancies starting after 1st December 2015 must have an EICR in place, and current tenancies will require the update by 1st December 2016. For landlords that we arrange Electrical Safety checks for we will be arranging this at a cost of £150 + VAT, however this will not be an annual check as previously carried out but will be carried out every 5 years.

  

For further information please either contact our offices, visit our website www.rentolease.co.uk or email Gillian at Gillian@rentolease.co.uk





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