LandLords Responsiblities

Electrical testing for landlords



From the 1st of December 2015, private landlords are responsible for ensuring that an electrical safety inspection is carried out at least every five years.


The new legislation explained


As of the 1st of December 2015, under section 13(4A) and 19(4B) of The Housing (Scotland) Act 2006, private landlords in Scotland are required by law to ensure that properties are electrically safe.


This covers


  1. Any installations in the property for the supply of electricity.
  2. Electrical fixtures and fittings.
  3. Any appliances provided by the landlord under the tenancy.

Landlords must be able to prove that all of the above are in reasonable state of repair and in proper working condition.

So what do landlords need to do?



Landlords are required to ensure that regular electrical safety inspections are carried out by a competent person, and that if anything fails to pass the inspection these items are to be repaired or replaced immediately. Consult with the electrician carrying out the inspection for advice.


As a minimum, an electrical safety inspection must be carried out:


  1. Before a tenancy starts, and
  2. During the tenancy at intervals of no more than five years from the date of previous inspection.
  3. If no previous inspection has been carried out or no previous records are held an electrician must be called to arrange an ECIR at the earliest date possible. 

A copy of the most recent electrical safety inspection must be provided both to new and retained tenants.


Any ECIR produced after 1st of December 2015 will also need appliance testing reports. (PAT testing)

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  1. Electrical Inspection Condition Report.
  2. Portable appliance testing.
  3. Emergency light testing.