Changes to the Repairing Standard under The Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 have resulted in increased requirements for electrical safety in Scottish rental properties. All private rented properties are now required to have Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) checks carried out a minimum of every five years.


The EICR must also include a Portable Appliance Test (PAT) for all appliances  provided by the landlord that use the electricity supply in the property. Items belonging to the tenant do not have to be PAT tested.


These regulations apply from:


  • 1st December 2015 – for new tenancies beginning on or after this date.
  • 1st December 2016 – all existing tenancies.


Under the regulations, landlords are responsible for ensuring that the electrician carrying out the EICR is a member of SELECT, NAPIT or NICEIC, or can complete the checklist in annex A of the guidance.


Read the Scottish Governments Statutory Guidance on Electrical Installations and Appliances in Private Rented Property here.


Following lettings industry best practice most Edinburgh letting agents, including Clan Gordon, already ensure that all managed properties have regular EICR and PATs carried out, so for many landlords no action will be required to meet with legislation.


At Clan Gordon we work with a team of trusted, local contractors for all of our safety certificates. Our contractors currently charge:


  • EICR

1 or 2 bedroom property £90+VAT. Each additional bedroom £10+VAT


  • PAT

Call out £28.50+VAT. Price per appliance £2.50+VAT

The PAT is almost always carried out at the same time as the GSC so only one call out charge of £28.50+VAT would be charged.


Please note that pricing will vary if alternative contractors are used.


See here for a full overview of safety requirements for your Edinburgh lettings property.