The Scottish government has published the rules that landlords will need to adhere to from today, following the reopening of the property market here in Scotland.
Although landlords will need to observe safety measures such as regular hand washing, socially distancing from clients and team members and using face masks, the testing and maintenance of gas and safety equipment has been relaxed until later on in the summer.
Landlords will still need to make every effort to abide by gas safety rules, but local authorities will take a more lenient view of electrical safety maintenance and testing. Unless there is an ongoing problem or emergency with these utilities, maintenance won’t be required to be completed phase 3 of the route map out of the cororonvirus lockdown.
Additional measures include not enabling house moves where any of the tenants are still shielding or self-isolating, and that physical viewings of properties should only take place if virtual viewings are not an option.
Landlords should ensure that any repairs, maintenance and gas and electrical safety checks are carried out between tenancies where the property is vacant. If this isn’t an option, then appointments need to be made in advance and if possible, when the tenant is not present and give appropriate notice except in an emergency.
In between the tenancies, landlords must carry out a deep clean to prevent the spread of the virus and for tenants’ peace of mind.
If you would like further advice or help on your responsibilities as a landlord during this time, talk to a member of the Newton Lettings team.