Owners of AirBnB-style rentals in Falkirk are now required to provide electrical safety
Owners of short-term AirBnB properties in Falkirk will now be required to ensure they are electrically safe after new rules were passed by Holyrood in a first of its kind for the UK.
Under the new legislation, the electrical installation, including wiring, sockets and fittings inside the property, will have to be inspected and tested by a competent person at least every five years.
An electrical installation condition report (or EICR) must then be provided to the owner.
Appliances accessible to customers will also need to be inspected and tested, including washing machines, dryers and refrigerators.
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A report will be required to prove the safety of these devices, called a Wearable Device Test (PAT) report.
The introduction of these new laws will make Scotland the first nation in the UK to introduce electrical safety regulations on short term rentals.
Current laws and standards in Scotland already require private and social rental sector landlords to undertake five-year electrical safety checks, but short-term rental landlords were not covered by these requirements.
The rules are part of Holyrood’s wider plans to keep short-term rentals safe in Scotland as the sector grows.
The new laws will require suppliers to apply for licenses from their local authority.
Lesley Rudd, Managing Director of Electrical Safety First, said: “We are delighted to see Scotland continuing to lead the way in ensuring that properties and their tenants are protected from electrical hazards.
“Holidays and short breaks in Scotland will be all the safer under these laws. We look forward to working closely with the Scottish Government on their implementation and hope this will be reflected across the UK. to keep tenants safe wherever they choose to stay.”