Keeping tenants safe

Access to carry out essential electrical safety checks


Every year in Scotland 346 house fires are caused by a faulty electrical supply so it's vital we have access to our homes to carry out essential electrical safety testing. However, some tenants fail to provide access and committee has approved the use of enforcement access as a last resort to allow us to check electrics.

The council has a legal duty to carry out these inspections and must protect all of its tenants, residents and staff carrying out work in our properties.

As Scotland's largest local authority landlord, North Lanarkshire Council inspects over 36,500 homes and undertakes electrical safety checks. Tenants are required to provide access to allow us to check the condition of the wiring against safety standards, as the wiring can deteriorate or become damaged over time, with the result of electric shock, fire and burns.

However, there is a small number of tenants who don't provide access and seem unaware of their, and our obligations to maintain and keep them and their properties safe.

Brian Lafferty, Head of Housing Property said: "The majority of tenants provide access to their homes. However, despite sending reminder letters and providing appointment cards with a telephone number to arrange appointments that suit, others just ignore these.

"Enforced access is only ever taken when all other attempts to gain co-operation from the tenant are exhausted. Currently we already have the enforced access in place for gas safety inspections. It's been very successful and our gas safety inspection service sees 100% of our properties gas supplies tested.

"The electrical safety testing takes place once every five years and disruption is minimal. We're asking tenants to work with us and provide access to allow us to protect them and their homes from fire and give them the peace of mind that their home remains safe.

All tenants will be advised of the new procedures.

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