Landlord Regulations

We specialise in ensuring properties comply with laws and regulations in Scotland. This includes new regulations such as wired smoke alarms, PAT testing and Legionella. All of these services we are able to provide. For a full list of regulations please see below or contact us for further information. Not only do we provide this service to private landlords we also work with a number of letting agencies providing compliance services.

Latest News

Legionnaires Disease -The control of legionella bacteria in water systems.

See more at:

Scottish Government Guidance on Electrical Installations & Appliances

See more at: This guidance takes effect from 1st December 2015.

Our Services

Click on each section for more information...

A copy of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) must include the EPC rating in any advertisement including newspaper, property schedules and internet advertising. A copy of the EPC must also be given to an incoming tenant of a property.

At Clockwork Homecare, we can take care of this on your behalf.

By law you must get a Gas-Safe registered engineer to inspect gas pipework, appliances and chimneys/flues every 12 months. You must give your tenant a copy of the gas safety certificate within 28 days of the check being carried out, or before the tenant moves in. You must also keep a copy of the safety check for two years.

At Clockwork Homecare, we can take care of this on your behalf.

The legislation regarding Wired Smoke Alarms and their maintenance has recently changed:

  • One functioning wired smoke alarm in the room which is frequently used by the occupants for general daytime living purposes.
  • One functioning wired smoke alarm in every circulation space, such as hallways and landings.
  • One heat alarm in every kitchen.
  • All alarms should be interlinked and not battery operated.

At Clockwork Homecare, we can take care of this on your behalf.

From October 2013, a change in building regulations require landlords to fit carbon monoxide alarms. Carbon monoxide is known as the 'silent killer' because it is a poisonous gas that cannot be seen, smelt or tasted. Appliances fuelled by solid fuel (coal or wood), oil or gas all have the potential to cause carbon monoxide poisoning if they are poorly installed, badly maintained or incorrectly used.

At Clockwork Homecare, we can take care of this on your behalf.

Private landlords in Scotland are required by law to ensure that a rented house meets the repairing standard at the start of a tenancy and throughout a tenancy. One part of the repairing standard is that the installations in the house for the supply of electricity, all electrical fixtures/fittings and any appliances provided by the landlord under the tenancy are in a reasonable state of repair and in proper working order.

Landlords are required to:

  • Ensure that regular electrical safety inspections are carried out by a competent person
  • Have regard to this guidance issued by Scottish Ministers on electrical safety standards and competent persons

A PAT test requires a label for each appliance tested. The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) have forms for providing a record of appliances that have been tested. Appliances include:

  • Electrical white goods (such as refrigerators and washing machines)
  • Electrical brown goods (such as televisions and DVD players)
  • Electric fires that are not fixed in place
  • Kitchen appliances, such as toasters and kettles
  • Hand held electrical equipment, such as hairdryers
  • Any other appliances provided by the landlord that are not permanently connected to the electrical installation

Any appliance which fails to pass a Portable Appliance Test must be replaced or repaired immediately to comply with the repairing standard. The duty to carry out electrical safety inspections does not apply to appliances that belong to tenants, only to appliances provided by the landlord.

An electrical safety inspection must be carried out

  • Before a tenancy starts, and
  • During the tenancy, at intervals of no more than 5 years from the date of the previous inspection.

The electrical safety inspection does not have to be completed immediately before a new tenancy begins or every time a new tenancy starts, as long as an inspection has been carried out in the period of 5 years before the tenancy starts. The electrical safety inspection must be recorded in an EICR and a PAT report.

At Clockwork Homecare, we can take care of this on your behalf.

Legionnaires Disease can be life threatening and is caused by bacteria linked with man made water systems such as tanks, pipes and showers with conditions of temperature and irregular use. Landlords have a duty to carry out a risk assessment of their water systems to identify any risk and course of action to manage the risk.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have an Approved Code of Practice and Guidance as regards Legionnaires Disease. The Code can be found here. This confirms that private landlords have a duty to carry out risk assessments on water systems in their properties.

The Code requires private landlords:

  • carry out a risk assessment to identify and assess potential sources of exposure, and thereafter, where a risk has been identified
  • to introduce a course of action to prevent or control and identified risk

The risk assessment can be carried out by the landlord if he/she is competent to do so, or alternatively can be done by a suitably qualified third party. The ultimate responsibility remains with the landlord, even when a letting agent is employed to manage the property on the landlord's behalf.

Legionnaires Disease is a potentially fatal lung infection caused when individuals inhale legionella bacteria. The bacteria can exist in any man-made water systems eg. water storage systems, taps, pipework etc. Issues to be considered when carrying out a risk assessment include:

  • Where water is stored between 20-40 degrees
  • Where there is stagnant water in any area of the water system
  • Where there is rust, sludge, scale or organic matter in the water system
  • Whether there are any outlets which are not frequently used, for example showers or taps in second bathrooms
  • Where tenants are particularly at risk due to age, illness or weakened immunity

You must regularly review the risk assessment and keep records of same. Where risks are identified, you must take appropriate action.

At Clockwork Homecare, we can take care of this on your behalf.

letting agent glasgow : letting agent edinburgh : letting agent aberdeen : letting agent dundee : letting agent paisley : letting agent east kilbride : letting agent livingston : letting agent hamilton : letting agent cumbernauld : letting agent dunfermline : letting agent kirkcaldy : letting agent ayr : letting agent perth : letting agent inverness : letting agent kilmarnock : letting agent coatbridge : letting agent greenock : letting agent glenrothes : letting agent airdrie : letting agent stirling : letting agent falkirk : letting agent irvine : letting agent dumfries : letting agent motherwell : letting agent rutherglen : letting agent wishaw : letting agent cambuslang : letting agent bearsden : letting agent clydebank : letting agent newton mearns : letting agent arbroath : letting agent musselburgh : letting agent bishopbriggs : letting agent elgin : letting agent renfrew : letting agent bathgate : letting agent bellshill : letting agent alloa : letting agent dumbarton : letting agent kirkintilloch : letting agent peterhead : letting agent barrhead : letting agent grangemouth : letting agent blantyre : letting agent st andrews : letting agent kilwinning : letting agent johnstone : letting agent bonnyrigg : letting agent penicuik : letting agent viewpark : letting agent erskine : letting agent broxburn : letting agent port glasgow : letting agent larkhall letting agent aberdeenshire : letting agent angus : letting agent argyll and bute : letting agent clackmannanshire : letting agent dumfries and galloway : letting agent dundee : letting agent east ayrshire : letting agent east dunbartonshire : letting agent east lothian : letting agent east renfrewshire : letting agent edinburgh : letting agent falkirk : letting agent fife : letting agent glasgow : letting agent highland : letting agent inverclyde : letting agent midlothian : letting agent moray : letting agent north ayrshire : letting agent north lanarkshire : letting agent perth and kinross : letting agent renfrewshire : letting agent borders : letting agent south ayrshire : letting agent stirling : letting agent west dunbartonshire : letting agent west lothian : letting agent orkney islands : letting agent shetland islands : letting agent western isles property management glasgow : property management edinburgh : property management aberdeen : property management dundee : property management paisley : property management east kilbride : property management livingston : property management hamilton : property management cumbernauld : property management dunfermline : property management kirkcaldy : property management ayr : property management perth : property management inverness : property management kilmarnock : property management coatbridge : property management greenock : property management glenrothes : property management airdrie : property management stirling : property management falkirk : property management irvine : property management dumfries : property management motherwell : property management rutherglen : property management wishaw : property management cambuslang : property management bearsden : property management clydebank : property management newton mearns : property management arbroath : property management musselburgh : property management bishopbriggs : property management elgin : property management renfrew : property management bathgate : property management bellshill : property management alloa : property management dumbarton : property management kirkintilloch : property management peterhead : property management barrhead : property management grangemouth : property management blantyre : property management st andrews : property management kilwinning : property management johnstone : property management bonnyrigg : property management penicuik : property management viewpark : property management erskine : property management broxburn : property management port glasgow : property management larkhall property management aberdeenshire : property management angus : property management argyll and bute : property management clackmannanshire : property management dumfries and galloway : property management dundee : property management east ayrshire : property management east dunbartonshire : property management east lothian : property management east renfrewshire : property management edinburgh : property management falkirk : property management fife : property management glasgow : property management highland : property management inverclyde : property management midlothian : property management moray : property management north ayrshire : property management north lanarkshire : property management perth and kinross : property management renfrewshire : property management borders : property management south ayrshire : property management stirling : property management west dunbartonshire : property management west lothian : property management orkney islands : property management shetland islands : property management western isles landlord glasgow : landlord edinburgh : landlord aberdeen : landlord dundee : landlord paisley : landlord east kilbride : landlord livingston : landlord hamilton : landlord cumbernauld : landlord dunfermline : landlord kirkcaldy : landlord ayr : landlord perth : landlord inverness : landlord kilmarnock : landlord coatbridge : landlord greenock : landlord glenrothes : landlord airdrie : landlord stirling : landlord falkirk : landlord irvine : landlord dumfries : landlord motherwell : landlord rutherglen : landlord wishaw : landlord cambuslang : landlord bearsden : landlord clydebank : landlord newton mearns : landlord arbroath : landlord musselburgh : landlord bishopbriggs : landlord elgin : landlord renfrew : landlord bathgate : landlord bellshill : landlord alloa : landlord dumbarton : landlord kirkintilloch : landlord peterhead : landlord barrhead : landlord grangemouth : landlord blantyre : landlord st andrews : landlord kilwinning : landlord johnstone : landlord bonnyrigg : landlord penicuik : landlord viewpark : landlord erskine : landlord broxburn : landlord port glasgow : landlord larkhall landlord aberdeenshire : landlord angus : landlord argyll and bute : landlord clackmannanshire : landlord dumfries and galloway : landlord dundee : landlord east ayrshire : landlord east dunbartonshire : landlord east lothian : landlord east renfrewshire : landlord edinburgh : landlord falkirk : landlord fife : landlord glasgow : landlord highland : landlord inverclyde : landlord midlothian : landlord moray : landlord north ayrshire : landlord north lanarkshire : landlord perth and kinross : landlord renfrewshire : landlord borders : landlord south ayrshire : landlord stirling : landlord west dunbartonshire : landlord west lothian : landlord orkney islands : landlord shetland islands : landlord western isles