Safety Regulations

Safety Legislation

There are several specific local and National Safety Regulations that relate to letting a property in Glasgow, and many other general ones that you need to consider prior to letting.

These are the documents / legislation most often referred to:-

  • Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998
  • Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994
  • The Plugs & Sockets etc. (Safety) Regulations 1994
  • Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (as amended 1993)
  • The Building Standards (Scotland) Regulations
  • The Antisocial Behaviour Act of 2004 (Landlord Registration Act (Scotland) 2006
  • The Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2008
Gas Safety

All gas appliances and systems must be safe and regularly maintained. A Landlord’s Gas Safety Certificate should be provided to the tenant within 28 days of inspection by a Corgi Registered Installer and renewed within 12 months.

Electrical Safety

Appliances should be serviced, in good working order and the supply safe for use.
Instructions for the use of all electrical items should be supplied.

Examples of these are as follows:

  • Central heating timers
  • Boilers
  • Washing machines
  • Dish Washers
  • Cookers, Ovens, hobs etc.
  • Portable Appliances provided in the property such as Irons, toasters

A Periodic Inspection Report for an Electrical Installation by an approved contractor is required. Where appliances are provided in a property then a Portable Appliance Certificate (PAT) should be carried out by a suitably qualified electrician.

In addition, we recommend that every property should be updated with an RCD (Residual Circuit Device) at the Consumer Unit, and provision made for protection at any socket to be used for outdoor equipment.

Furniture

The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 requires that the cover fabric and filling material of upholstered furniture must be made from fire resistant material, must be able to pass the ‘smoldering cigarette’ and ‘match flame’ resistance test and carry a label to confirm their compliance.

It is an offense to supply any furniture or furnishings in a Glasgow rented property that does not comply with the Fire Safety Regulations. All furnishings that are covered by the regulations should also display a permanent label stating they are fire-resistant. If the appropriate labels are not on the furniture then checks should be made with the manufacturer.

As a general rule all upholstered furnishings manufactured in the U.K. after 1990 are likely to meet the required standards and should therefore display the appropriate permanent label confirming compliance.

You are not liable for any furniture or furnishings which are brought to a property by a tenant however for everyone’s safety the tenant should be made aware of the importance of providing furnishings which are in compliance with the Fire Safety Regulations

List of Applicable Furnishings:
  • Three Piece Suites
  • Settees
  • Sofas
  • Arm chairs or upholstered Dining, kitchen or Occasional chairs
  • Desk chairs
  • Scatter cushions
  • Beds
  • Padded headboards or footboards
  • Mattresses
  • Pillows
  • Convertible sofa beds or futons
  • Loose and stretch covers for upholstered furniture
  • Children’s furniture
  • Conservatory furniture
Exempt Furnishings:
  • Antique furniture
  • Furniture manufactured prior to 1950.
  • Carpets
  • Curtains
  • Bedding coverings such as pillow cases, duvets, mattress covers etc.
Smoke Alarms

All properties built since June 1992 must be fitted with mains operated linked smoke alarms on each floor. Older properties are not covered by these regulations, but it is strongly recommended that smoke alarms are installed in all let properties and regularly checked to make sure they are in working order. These should comply to BS5446 part 1 and BS9999:2008

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

To ensure the safety of our tenants we require that suitably fitted and located Carbon monoxide detectors are also fitted in all rental properties.

Repairing Standard (Scotland) Act

The Repairing Standard contained in the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 came into effect on 3rd September 2007.

The act puts together in one place the landlord’s obligation to ensure that their property is wind and watertight and meets the minimum standards for human habitation. These standards defined within the act apply for the duration of any tenancy agreement.

Either at the start of the tenancy or earlier (and before the tenancy is signed), the landlord is obliged to notify the tenant about the effect of the Repairing Standard and Private Rented Housing Panel arrangements on the tenancy. This is usually done by the issue of a Standard Letter which can be found in the download section of this website.

The Act confirms the following requirements:
  • The property is wind and water tight and reasonably fit for human habitation (taking account of the extent to which the house falls short of any building regulations, because of disrepair or sanitary defects);
  • The structure and exterior of the house (including drains, gutters and external pipes) are in reasonable repair and proper working order (having regard to the house’s age, character and prospective life and the locality). Where the house forms part of premises (eg, a flat), this criterion includes any part of the premises that the owner is responsible for maintaining, solely or communally, but the Repairing Standard only applies if any part of, or anything in, the premises that the tenant is entitled to use is adversely affected;
  • The installations in the house for the supply of water, gas and electricity and for sanitation, space heating and heating water are in reasonable repair and proper working order (including installations outside the house but serving it, and which the owner is responsible for maintaining, solely or communally);
  • Any fixtures, fittings and appliances provided under the tenancy are in reasonable repair and proper working order;
  • Any furnishings provided under the tenancy are capable of being used safely for the purpose for which they are designed; and
  • There is satisfactory provision for detecting and giving warning of fires.