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Scotland’s housing bill adds mandatory electrical safety checks

Scotland’s new Housing Bill has included an amendment on electrical safety, tabled by Bob Doris MSP.

The amendment now ensures mandatory, five-yearly electrical checks, by a registered electrician, of all PRS homes – and any electrical appliance supplied with them.

According to Electrical Safety First, in 2012 almost two thirds of PRS homes failed to meet the Scottish Housing Quality Standard.

“Some of the worst instances of landlord neglect relate to poor electrical safety”, explains Electrical Safety First director general Phil Buckle. “So I am delighted that its importance has been recognised by inclusion in the Housing Bill. It is only through collaborative working that we have been able to highlight this issue, so I would like to thank all those organisations and individuals who have supported our call for improved safety measures, particularly Bob Doris MSP.”

“I have no doubt this amendment will help prevent fires and could save lives”, adds Bob Doris. “I pay credit to Electrical Safety First, who I have worked closely with, and the Scottish Association of Landlords, who have been instrumental in gaining the support of the private rented sector. Including electrical safety checks in this Bill will help ensure that people renting privately will get the protection they need.”

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