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New Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations for Landlords in Scotland

What are the changes?

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As you may have seen in the media, on 1 December 2015, there will be a change to some of the legal requirements that private landlords have to comply with when renting a property to a tenant. Changes that could impact you.

Carbon monoxide Detectors 

Since 1 October 2013, there has already been a requirement that a Carbon Monoxide detector was installed as any new gas appliances were fitted in to private rented properties.

From 1 December 2015, however, a Carbon Monoxide Detector is to be fitted in any room within a rental property that contains a solid fuel burning appliance e.g. wood burning stove, a coal fire, an open fire or where biomass is used as fuel. This applies to new lets, re lets and existing tenancies.

Electrical Inspections

From 1 December electrical safety inspections of private rented property have to be carried out by a registered electrician at the start of any new tenancy and at least every five years thereafter. A part of this an Electrical Safety Installation Certificate Report (EICR) along with a Portable Appliance Test (PAT) has to be completed.

And, it's also worth remembering...

As new changes are being introduced landlords may be reminded of existing requirements to ensure the safety of new tenants with the provision of Hard Wired Smoke Detectors and Heat Sensors - which were introduced in 2006.

What could this mean to you?

It means:

  • From 1 December 2015 you need to ensure that a Carbon Monoxide Detector is fitted in any room within your rental property that contains a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. wood burning stove, a coal fire, an open fire or where biomass is used as fuel). This applies to new lets, re lets and existing tenancies

    We would like to point out that, should you have a scheduled annual Gas Safety Check due to be completed within the next 12 month this can be delayed until this takes place. For hte safety of your tenants, however, it is advisable to act sooner rather than later
     
  • From 1 December 2015 any rental property being let to new tenants on that day - or is being relet from that date - has to have had an EICR and PAT completed by a registered electrician. The tenant must be supplied with a record of this

    An EIDR and PAT have to be completed for any existing tenancies by 1 December 2016. Again, the tenant must be provided with a copy of this

    If there hasd been an EIDR completed since 1 January 2012, however, no further EIDR will be required for a further five years from the date of that report. In tis case a PAT report is also not required until the next EICR is completed.

With immediate effect you should also have:

  • One functioning smoke alarm - In the room that is frequently used by the tenants for general daytime living purposes
  • In either the hallway or landing of a property
  • One heat alarm in the kitchen

With ALL alarms interlinking.

So how can Your Move help?

If you are a landlord who has chosen our Fully Managed Service we can help you buy:

  • Providing a Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Checking Service to ensure your rental property complies with the legal requirements
  • Arrange for an Installation Service where we will contact any existing tenants, on your behalf, to explain the legal requirements, but also arrange for Carbon Monoxide Alarms to be installed, where necessary, by a third party supplier
  • Arrange for an EICR and PAT to be completed where we will contact any existing tenant, on your behalf to explain the legal requirements, but also arrange, if necessary, for the Report and Test to be completed by a registered contractor

For information - for any new lets on 1 December 2015, or relets from that date, we will automatically ensure that your rental property complies with the necessary legal requirements above and confirm this to you - and your tenant.

If you are a landlord who has chosen our Tent Find or Rent Collection Service, you have chosen to manage the property yourself and, as a result, you might have other arrangements in place to ensure you comply with the new legal requirements but, if not, why not find out how your Move can help you by:

  • Providing a Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Checking Service to ensure your rental property complies with the legal requirements
  • Arrange for an Installation Service where we will contact any existing tenants, on your behalf, to explain the legal requirements, but also arrange for Carbon Monoxide Alarms to be installed, where necessary, by a third party supplier
  • Arrange for an EICR and PAT to be completed where we will contact any existing tenant, on your behalf to explain the legal requirements, but also arrange, if necessary, fr the Report and Test to be completed by a registered contractor

What happens if you don't act on the changes required?

As a landlord you have to ensure that the properties you privately rent meet legal requirements and, what is called, The Repairing Standard - full details are available here

Tenants can apply to the Private Rented Housing Panel (PRHP) if they fee you, as a landlord, have failed to meet this Standard and, if the panel agrees, you could face a fine.

Where can I find out more information?

You can simply ring our dedicated helpline on 01506 656435*, alternatively you can email Landlords@YourMove.co.uk where we have specially trained staff waiting to provide you with full details about the service we can offer - and at what cost, or if you have any additional questions, we will be happy to help you. 

It's important to act now - not only to comply with the new changes but also to give you the reassurance that your property and tenants are safe.

If you have a property in England, see the latest regulations here

The Repairing Standard, contained in the housing (Scotland) Act 2006, find out more here

For further information about the changes mentioned you can visit the Private Rented Housing Panel website here