As a landlord in Scotland there are numerous regulations that you have to comply with – and one of them is keeping your property gas-safe. There are many stories in the press about landlords not undertaking the required gas safety checks.
If the property is let as HMO the rules are even more rigorous. A house in multiple occupancy (HMO) is a property which is shared by 3 or more tenants who aren’t family members. HMO landlords must have a licence from the council for every HMO. This ensures that the property meets certain standards set out by the Scottish government.
Before the council gives a landlord an HMO licence, it will carry out the following checks:
- Is the landlord a fit and proper person to hold a licence?
- Is the property managed properly?
- Does the property meet the required standards?
If a landlord does not meet these requirements then they can be heavily fined up to £50,000.
Landlord Checks in Scotland
Landlords of of HMOs must make sure that:
- Safety measures are in place. This includes smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
- Annual gas safety checks are carried out. Yes, every year, not just when a tenant is due to move in.
All rented accommodation has to have a Landlord’s Gas Safety certificate know as a CP12 which details all the gas appliances in your property. It must come from a Gas Safe Registered engineer for all pipe work, gas appliances and flues installed at your property.
- Electrics are checked every 5 years
- The property is not overcrowded
- There are enough cooking and bathroom facilities for the number of tenants living there
- Communal areas and shared facilities are clean and in good repair
- There are enough rubbish bins/bags
You must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) that calculates the energy efficiency of your property including a heat loss rating and recommendations on how to reduce it. The EPC assessment must be carried out by a qualified Domestic Energy Assessor which we are.
Although these rules may be stringent they are in place to serve you and your tenants. Maintaining your property regularly will benefit you in the long term. Using reputable gas heating companies will ensure that your property will increase in value when the time comes to sell it on.
If you are new to letting property or have bought a new property for your rental portfolio then we can assess which boiler is suitable for your needs and focus on efficiency and reliability to save you money long-term.
We can also offer parts and labour warranty of five, seven or even a ten year so the annual gas safety check will be a walk in the park.