Landlord and HMO Requirements Edinburgh

Electrical Safety

Landlords must make sure electrical systems and appliances in their rental property are fit for purpose and safe to use. Best practice is to carry out an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) or PIR, every three years and a Portable Appliance Test (PAT) annually.

Smoke Alarms

To comply with the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 landlords must ensure that the property they rent out has, 'satisfactory provision for detecting and giving warning of fires.' Landlords are responsible for providing:

  • At least one working smoke alarm on each floor of a property.
  • Mains wired smoke alarms for all alarms installed after 3 September 2007, including replacement alarms.

Existing smoke alarms can be mains or battery powered.

HMO Requirements

It is the landlord's responsibility to ensure that hard wired electrics in an HMO property are safe. A qualified electrician can carry out an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), also known as a PIR, to confirm whether a property meets current standards.

All appliances provided to tenants must be safe and in good repair, suitable for their intended purpose and only used for their intended purpose. The appliances should undergo an electrical safety inspection or Portable Appliance Test (PAT) every three years, or upon tenant change over if sooner.

There must be sufficient electrical sockets in each room of a property to prevent overloading that could cause a fire.

Minimum requirements for sockets are:

  • 6 in each kitchen
  • 4 in each bedroom and living room
  • 4 additional sockets anywhere in the property