Electrical Safety Inspection for Landlords in Aberdeen (EICR)
All electrical installations deteriorate with age and use. It is therefore important that they are inspected and tested at regular intervals to determine whether they are in a satisfactory condition for continued use. In 2015 the Scottish Government introduced new legislation for landlords. It requires them to ensure that regular electrical safety inspections are carried out on properties they own. An inspection must be carried out:-
- Before a new tenancy starts
- During the tenancy, at intervals of no more than five years from the date of the previous inspection.
An electrical safety inspection has two parts
1. PAT Testing (Portable Appliance Testing)
PAT testing is portable appliance testing and tests the safety of any electrical appliance which can be easily moved (kettles, toasters, TVs, etc.) The law currently requires landlords and employers to ensure that all portable electrical equipment is regularly maintained to prevent electrocution and electrical fires. Electrical items that are used a lot or moved about frequently, should be tested more regularly than those that are not.
2. EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report)
EICR is to test the integrity of the circuits and the cable insulation. Safety tests are carried out on installations which supply electricity to the property, electrical fittings (sockets, switches and light fittings) as well as fixed electrical equipment such as hard-wired smoke and fire detectors and storage heaters. An EICR document will be produced highlighting any problems, issues and required remedial work.