What We Do
Fuse Board Replacements
The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 - all electrical appliances must "be safe" - you have a responsibility to ensure that all electrical appliances, circuits, cables, switches and fuse board is safe and sound. There is no legal requirement to produce any certificate BUT the only way to prove they are safe is to have the PA testing done, if the unfortunate did happen, would you be covered without the PAT testing. A simple PAT test will ensure that all appliances left in your property are tested for earthing, continuity and soundness. All appliances are labelled. This is one way you could prove that you have taken your responsibilty seriously. It is strongly advisable to have the equipment checked before the start of each let. It would be good practice to have the equipment checked at regular intervals thereafter. You should obtain and retain test reports detailing the equipment, the tests carried out and the results.
HMO / COT Testing
Testing is required by law for rented property every 5 years or change of tenancy (COT), HMO are required annually along with smoke detectors in every habitual room including heat detectors in kitchen, Carbon monoxide detectors are also required by building regulations, along with Emergency lighting.
Until recently, private landlords' repairing obligations were contained in Schedule 10 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987. This was replaced by the new 'Repairing Standard' in terms of Chapter 4 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 with the new legislation being effective from Monday 3rd September 2007. The Repairing Standard applies to all private sector tenancies with the exception of occupancy agreements that are not leases.
The Repairing Standard states that there must be a satisfactory means of detecting and warning about fire (such as smoke alarms).
The main points relative to smoke detectors as set out in the statutory guidance are: -
- There should be one or more functioning smoke alarm installed in the house
- The number and position of alarms is to be determined by the size and layout of the house
- There should normally be at least one alarm on each floor
- If there are multiple alarms they should be interlinked
- Any smoke alarm installed after 3rd September 2007 must be mains powered, including replacement alarms
- Landlords should ensure that smoke alarms are regularly maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations.
Hard Wired Smoke Alarms
Repairing Standard under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 states: -
There is adequate provision for detecting and giving warning of fires if there is one or more than one functioning smoke alarm installed in the house, the number and position of alarms to be determined by the size and layout of the house. There should normally be at least one smoke alarm on each floor. If there are multiple alarms, they should be interlinked. Although it is best practice to install mains powered smoke alarms, an existing smoke alarm may be mains powered or battery powered. However, a smoke alarm installed from 3 September 2007 onwards must be mains powered. This includes replacement alarms. If there is a requirement for the house to meet a more stringent standard of provision for detecting and giving warning of fire (for example, in a house in multiple occupation [HMO] requiring to be licensed, or under building regulations), then the Repairing Standard criterion is only to be regarded as met if that requirement is met. An alarm should be installed in accordance with the recommendations contained in the British Standard on the design of fire detection installations for dwellings (BS5839 Part 6).
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EPC's and Green Deal Assessments
We can orgise your property to be assessed for energy and give recommendations.
We can supply and install lofty insulation within your property to reduce fuel bills and keep your home warm, ask us about any grants that are available for this.
For Home Owners
- Fuse board replacements
- Inspecting and testing
- LED lighting specialist
- Outdoor power
- Energy monitoring
- Heating and lighting controls (certified Owl installer)
- Shower installations
- TV and home entertainment / automation services
- Electric garage doors
- Start to Finish renovation services, we can look after your whole job from planning to completion allowing you to have one point of contact and a stress-free project