It is a legal duty for landlords to test for legionella or hire someone to test for legionella. Legionella is bacteria that is naturally occurring in natural water environments; such as rivers, lakes and reservoirs. However, this bacteria can also contaminate a purpose-built water system in your home or property.
Legionella is a living organism that will thrive in certain conditions. These conditions can be recreated in purpose-built water systems including:
- Showers, taps and baths.
- Cooling towers and air conditioning units.
- Hot tubs and spa pools.
It is of utmost importance that you hire someone to test for legionella in your properties. Legionella is the cause of a pneumonia-like illness called Legionellosis. This can be very harmful for your tenant and you, the landlord, are responsible for testing it. So get in contact with us today, to book your legionella test.
Energy Performance Certificate
If you are a landlord that wants to let out a property, it is required that you have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). An EPC is important because it tells your tenants the estimated energy use, carbon dioxide emissions, lighting, heating and hot water per year, along with the potential annual costs for each.
EPC’s also include measures for improving the energy efficiency rating, tell you how much these will cost to install and how much they will save you per year. EPC isn’t legally required for each room of the property but it is required for the building itself. So get in contact with us today, to book your EPC.
Fire Alarm Installation & Testing
If you are a landlord, you need to make sure there are fire alarms in your properties and they are working to standard. This is a legal requirement. The Scottish Government has produced revised statutory guidance on the requirements for smoke alarms. A copy of the revised statutory guidance is available on the PRHP website by visiting http://www.prhpscotland.gov.uk/prhp/137.html
However, the main points relative to smoke detectors are as follows.
The revised Domestic Technical Handbook guidance states there should be at least:
- One functioning smoke alarm in every room frequently used by the occupants for general daytime living purposes.
- One functioning smoke alarm in every circulation space such as hallways and landings.
- One heat alarm in every kitchen.
- All alarms should be interlinked.
To find out more about fire alarm’s visit our smoke & CO Alarms page or get in contact with us today and book your fire alarm installation.
Gas Testing - CP12
Many properties are supplied with gas for heating, hot water and cooking. As landlords, you should know that if these gas appliances are not properly maintained they can become very dangerous. You need to make sure they are tested regularly and are safe, this is where we come in. We can provide your properties with the proper tests to make sure they are safe and stay that way.
If you are a landlord who is renting out a property you are legally obligated to provide an annual gas safety check. You also want to provide this test for the safety of your tenants and the safety of your property. If gas appliances are not properly tested then they could cause carbon monoxide leaks and become a fire hazard. So be sure to get in contact with us today to book your Gas test.
EICR & PAT
An EICR is an Electrical Installation Condition Report. It is a formal document that is produced following an assessment of the electrical installations within a property. It is important that, as a landlord, you make sure all of the electrics in your property are working properly and up to standard. An EICR will show this and we can provide this for you. We are qualified & certified electricians who can do the job properly. For more information on EICR, check our EICR page this will give you in-depth detail on why it is important to have an EICR and why only a certified electrician can do this.
Another service we provide is portable appliance testing, or PAT. A PAT is a routine inspection of electrical appliances in a property to make sure they are safe to use. Its purpose is to prevent electrical accidents within a property. We use specialist PAT testing equipment to carry out tests such as earth continuity, lead polarity and insulation resistance checks. Finally, at the end of a PAT test, every appliance should be marked ‘passed’ or ‘failed’. Ideally, there should be a record of the results. If you want to find more information about PAT testing please visit our PAT testing page.