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Agents and landlords reminded of upcoming electrical check deadline

Select, the trade body for Scotland's electrical sector, is reminding agents and landlords that from December 1 there must be five-yearly electrical checks of the fixed wiring and any electrical appliances in properties to let.

The issue of electrical safety has been an important topic for landlords since Scottish Government statistics have shown that 69 per cent of all accidental fires in Scottish homes (more than 3,400 annually) are caused by electricity.

The recently amended Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 includes statutory guidance on electrical installations and appliances in private rented property to ensure that a rented house meets the "Repairing Standard" at the start of and throughout any tenancy. 

This includes a requirement for landlords or their agents to ensure that the installations in the house for the supply of electricity, the electrical fixtures and fittings and any appliances provided by the landlord under the tenancy are in a reasonable state of repair and in proper working order. 

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