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Keeping on top of Carbon Monoxide safety in Scotland

Tuesday 17 July 2018

A report by Which? has revealed that an alarming number of agents in Scotland may be neglecting to mention carbon monoxide detectors during viewings.

It’s the landlords’ responsibility to ensure the gas safety of their properties, but agents need to be in the know too. So, what exactly does the law entail?

Letting agents should be aware of the law, so that potential tenants are given clear and accurate information before they move into a property. It’s down to the tenant to check the alarms are in working order whilst they live there, and it could be dangerous if they are not aware of this.

Which? discovered that four in six Edinburgh agents scored “poor” for their knowledge of carbon monoxide alarms in property viewings.

Our Strategic Development Manager for Scotland, Daryl McIntosh told the Daily Record:

“New legislation brought in at the start of this year means that all letting agents must be registered, undergo training and be subject to fit and proper person checks.

Our own organisation can discipline or strike off members who are are the subject of complaints.

Tenants can also take complaints to a new tribunal in Scotland called the Housing and Property Chamber, where action can be taken against landlords”

At ARLA Propertymark, we ensure our members are kept up to date with legislative changes with our range of resources.

Members in Scotland have access to our unique fact sheets -  Landlords’ Legal Responsibilities for Gas Safety made in collaboration with Gas Safe Register, and Fitting Carbon Monoxide Detectors.

Members can also download and order our ‘Making homes safe’ landlord and tenant guide from the online shop.