Date lodged: 14 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to the introduction of mandatory electrical safety checks in the owner-occupied sector.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 1 March 2017
Responsibility for maintenance of homes lies with the owner of the property. Institution of Engineering and Technology guidance advises that owner occupied homes should have an Electrical Installation Condition Report completed by a skilled person (electrically) at intervals of no more than ten years. Under the Tolerable Standard for all homes all electrical wiring and components should be adequate and safe to use. Local authorities have a duty to ensure that any homes which fall short of this standard are closed, demolished or brought up to the tolerable standard within a reasonable period.
As set out in the Sustainable Housing Strategy a stakeholder forum was set up to consider a range of house condition issues, including electrical safety. Discussions have helped inform proposals for a two stage public consultation on house condition, the first phase which will look at proposals for changes to the repairing standard (which applies to all houses in the private rented sector) will be launched soon.
The second phase will look at wider condition issues affecting housing generally and may seek views on adding new elements to the Tolerable Standard such as regular electrical checks. Any consultation will need to consider appropriate enforcement processes for owner occupied housing.