|EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) - From £50
By law an EPC must now be obtained prior to advertising and then provided to tenants on move-in.
Landlords must obtain an EPC once every 10 years.
From April 2018 it will unlawful to rent any residential or commercial property with an EPC Rating below E.
|Gas safety certificate - From £50
By law, landlords with a Gas Boiler and / or Gas Appliances must conduct an annual safety check and obtain a certificate from a Gas SAFE engineer.
The government provide detailed guidelines on their Health And Safety Executive website.
Please check if you are unsure whether Gas Safety Laws apply to you. As a landlord, they almost certainly do!
|EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) - From £100
Landlords must ensure all electrical installations and equipment are safe and maintained throughout the tenancy. This includes light fixtures, plugs, as well as internal wiring.
A new duty to carry out electrical safety inspections came into force on 1 December 2015.
The new duty applies to new tenancies that begin on or after 1 December 2015. It applies to existing tenancies from 1 December 2016.
For more information click here.
|PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) - From £40
Landlords must ensure all Portable electrical appliances provided are safe.
Failure to provide safely installed and maintained electrical appliances can lead to prosecution,
and also invalidates most landlord insurance policies.
Recommended annually. For more information click here.
Up To 10 Electrical Appliances Included.
|Smoke & Heat Detectors - Price on application - dependant on specification / requirements
The Scottish Government has produced revised statutory guidance on the requirements for smoke alarms.
The main points relative to smoke detectors are as follows. There should be at least:
|Carbon Monoxide Detector - £30 (if fitted at time of Gas Safety testing)
The fitting of a carbon monoxide detector / alarm is recommended as good practice.
Since 2013 Scottish building regulations require a carbon monoxide detector must be fitted when a new or replacement boiler or other fixed heating appliance powered by carbon fuel is installed.
|Legionella Risk Assessment documentation - From £65
The Approved Code of Practice, which describes how to comply with the law in this area, now requires that all rental properties must have had a Legionella Risk Assessment, conducted by a "competent person" to comply.
It makes it clear that the only way to be sure you are complying with the law is to carry out a risk assessment as a starting point and then follow the recommendations made within it.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are the definitive source of information on this topic. As highlighted by a recent HSE case review (Case 357), in this regard it's important to be aware of the distinction between Legionella Risk Assessment and Legionella Testing.
Definitive information on this topic may be found using the links below :-
The Health and Safety Executive at www.hse.gov.uk/legionnaires/faqs.htm
(see "As a landlord, what are my duties")
The Health and Safety Executive at www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/hsg274part2.pdf
(see paragraphs 2.138 - 2.146)
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