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Landlords should be aware of key legislative requirements they need to fulfill if they wish to rent out residential property in Scotland…
Landlord and Property Registration
Residential Landlords in Scotland Must;
- Be registered with the local authority which covers the house
- Pay any deposit into an approved tenancy deposit scheme
- Provide new tenants with a Tenant Information Pack
Where living accommodation is occupied by three or more people, from three or more families, the owner is required by law to have a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence from the local authority where the property is situated.
Indigo Square ensure that our landlord clients adhere to all requirements but additional detail can be found in the attached PDFs…
Property Condition and Safety
Landlords must ensure that a rented home meets the repairing standard. This is a minimum standard for the condition of the home, its fixtures and fittings, and any appliances provided by the landlord. Indigo Square ensure that our landlord clients adhere to all requirements but additional detail can be found in the attached PDF.
The repairing standard includes a duty to ensure that homes have smoke and fire detectors. This requires more than one alarm. All alarms must be mains wired with battery back-up. Alarms must be interlinked but this can be wireless.
From 1 December 2015 the repairing standard will include a duty to ensure that homes have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. CO alarms must have a battery that lasts the life of the alarm in each room housing a gas appliance (other than those used solely for cooking) and in any living room or bedroom if a flue from these appliances runs through it.
From 1 December 2015 the repairing standard will also require landlords to carry out an electrical safety inspection at least every 5 years. The electrical safety inspection has two parts, an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) completed by an approved electrician and a Portable Appliance Test (PAT) which can be carried out by an approved electrician or a landlord who has completed a relevant training course. The PAT sets a retest date for each appliance and this will usually be more frequent than 5 years.
Regulation 36 of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 gives landlords a duty to service and test gas equipment and flues within rented accommodation. Repair and maintenance work must be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Landlords must ensure that each appliance and flue to which that duty extends is checked for safety annually. Landlords have a duty to carry out a risk assessment of hot and cold water systems for Legionnaire’s disease. Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, landlords are responsible for ensuring that the risk of exposure to legionella in rented property is properly assessed and controlled.
In flats and tenements, landlords share the responsibility with all owners within the building to maintain any part of the building that provides, or is intended to provide, support or shelter to any other part. The repairing standard includes work to common parts of a building, which the tenant is entitled to use. Indigo Square ensure that our landlord clients adhere to all requirements but for more information on Scottish Government Guidance and Requirements please click PRHP Website or HSE Website.
Tenancy Deposit Scheme…
Regulations require that a landlord must pay deposits into an approved scheme and ensure that the money is held by an approved scheme for the duration of the tenancy. The legal duties on landlords who receive a tenancy deposit are to pay deposits to an approved tenancy deposit scheme and to provide the tenant with key information about the tenancy and deposit. All of this is taken care of by clients of Indigo Square however if you would like additional information please click the following link…