A trade body is offering to check electrical appliances and sockets in Scottish rented properties free of charge.
SELECT, the trade group for Scotland’s electrical contracting sector, is offering the prize to 8 lucky private landlords to coincide with the launch of new guidance concerning tenant safety.
The Scottish Parliament’s latest statutory guidance states that landlords must get a qualified professional to check the safety of their electrics at least every five years. The guidelines came into force on December 1.
SELECT is among the bodies whose signed-up members to fulfill the requirements.
The organisation has launched a new campaign on Twitter. It offers landlords the opportunity to have a SELECT professional check their electrics free of charge.
Landlords can be automatically entered for the prize by going to Twitter, following @Updates_select and re-tweeting the campaign tweet.
One winner will be chosen for each SELECT branch and announced on December 21.
Successful landlords will then be invited to use SELECT’s internet database of members to find an operative in their area.
SELECT will then advise the chosen firm of the landlord and arrange for it to be paid.
Landlords responsible for tenants
Regular electrical safety checks are important because they are part of the landlords responsibilities to their tenants.
Landlords must make sure electrical appliances and installation are safe both at the beginning of a tenancy agreement and throughout their stay.
Even after the 5-yearly checks are done, landlords are advised to keep an eye out for light switches, sockets and other electrics.
They should check for anything that could result in injuries or accidents, such as wiring issues or scorching.
If a tenant is hurt as a result of landlord negligence in their rented home they can claim for compensation.
Date Published: December 18, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown