Every property is different, so requirements to meet safety legislation can vary; you may not need all of the certificates and alarms listed below. We will assess your property and provide a personalised list of safety requirements, and the costs involved, at the lettings valuation. We will then arrange all required safety certificates and alarms on your behalf, store copies of certificates and renew as required throughout the tenancy, so you never have to worry about your property not being compliant.

A summary of each of the safety requirements is included under the headings below. Contact us for a safety certificate quote tailored to your property. 

Landlord certificates


  • One smoke alarm in every circulation space – hallways/landing
  • One smoke alarm in the principal living room
  • One heat alarm in every kitchen
  • Alarms must be interlinked meaning they are wired together
  • There must be at least one alarm on each floor of the property
  • Each alarm must be mains powered with battery backup


The minimum requirement for smoke and heat alarms is outlined in the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006: Scottish Government Guidance on Satisfactory Provision for Detecting and Warning of Fires

The Gas Safety Certificate checks the condition of all gas appliances in the property. 


  • Gas Safety Certificate to be carried out annually
  • Certificates must be kept for 2 years and a copy given to tenants



CO alarms must be fitted in all properties containing a combustion device (gas, oil or solid fuel – except those used solely for cooking) as follows:

  • In each space containing an appliance (if a cupboard may be outside the cupboard)
  • In each bedroom or living room where the flue from an appliance passes through
  • Alarms should be powered by batteries designed to last the life of the alarm
  • Alarms can be mains powered but not plug in types
  • Alarms must be fitted to meet the relevant British Standard


The requirement for Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms is outlined in the Scottish Government Statutory Guidance for the Provision of Carbon Monoxide Alarms in Private Rented Housing.  

The EICR checks the overall condition of the electrical installations within the property. 


  •          EICR to be carried out minimum of every 5 years
  •          Keep certificates for 6 years and a copy given to tenants 


Requirements for electrical safety are outlined in the Scottish Government Statutory Guidance on Electrical Installations and Appliances in Private Rented Property

The PAT checks the safety of all portable appliances in the property including white goods, even when they are integrated. 


  •          PAT to be carried out annually
  •          Keep certificates for 6 years and a copy given to tenants

The Legionella Risk Assessment assesses the tenants risk of exposure to Legionella bacteria when living in the property. 

Landlords are required to do the following or appoint someone competent to do it on their behalf:

  • Understand legionella bacteria and Legionnaire’s disease
  • Be able to identify & assess sources of risk
  • Manage those risks
  • Prevent and control any risks
  • Keep records and carry out any legal duties

Our understanding is that Landlord’s or their appointed contractor should:

  • Carry out a risk assessment
  • Manage, prevent and control identified risks
  • Periodically review the risks

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) are responsible for the legislation in this area and more information can be found here:

Part 2: The control of legionella bacteria in hot and cold water systems - see page 45.

Outbreaks of Legionnaire’s disease are rare but they are often fatal and it is therefore essential to consider your obligations carefully.

Find out more Legionella: A Landlord Guide 

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