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    HMO council mandating improvements

    We have managed an HMO in Scotland for 7 years and had the licence renewed last October. We had an EICR which listed 5 code 3 faults (not adhering to more modern regulations but not dangerous). At that time, the HMO inspector requested that our electrician confirm in writing that in his opinion that these faults were not dangerous, which we did. More recently, after a change in property ownership, we have had to refresh the HMO licence in the name of the new owner. As the EICR was still in force, it was submitted. This time, the inspector said that changes to the electrical system will have to made due to the number of c3 codes listed. My question is whether the HMO team can mandate these improvements be made even when they have been deemed not to be dangerous? We were planning on upgrading the electrical system before the next EICR is due anyway, but wondered about the legality of the council mandating changes especially when they have previously not insisted upon this.

    #2
    It's an employment scheme for Scottish electricians. Haven't you grasped that yet?

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      #3
      Def feels like not only the Council but also local tradesmen benefit from unnecessary repairs being mandated!

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        #4
        Get a grip yous, the sparky is telling you it's safe and ok, so isn't trying to create work for himself.
        If you had experience of the typical level and nature of faults found during a first EICR on rental properties, you would appreciate it is beneficial for everyone.
        Code 3 = improvement recommended, and isn't necessarily "not adhering to more modern regulations"
        Councils issuing a license can make up and implement anything they want - until challenged. Less experienced members of the teams may tend to err on the (over?) cautious side. You could ask for justification of their position as a starting point....

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