Guide

Make sure your home is fire safe

Last updated: 21 November 2017

Tenants (public sector and council)

Electrical inspections

Electrical problems are one of the most common causes of home fires.

Every social landlord in Scotland has to make sure that all the installations, fixtures and fittings in a property are adequate and safe to use.

If repairs are needed

If you are a public sector or council tenant, you have the 'Right to Repair'.

This means any small urgent repairs (up to £350) that might affect your safety or your health have to be carried out by your landlord quickly.

Some of the repairs covered under the Right to Repair are for fire safety. For example, your landlord has to repair:

  • unsafe power or lighting sockets or electrical fittings
  • loss of electric power or gas supply
  • a blocked flue to an open fire or boiler

Social landlords must also meet Gas Safety regulations and provide at least one smoke alarm in the property.

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information on the Right to Repair.

Getting a fire safety test

If you're worried that your building may not be safe, you can ask your local authority to arrange a fire safety test.

Send them a letter or email with:

  • an explanation why you think your home is unsafe
  • specific information on repairs you think need doing
  • a date you want them to reply to you by
  • your name and address
  • the date

If your council won't carry out an inspection

If you're a public sector or council tenant and the council decides not to carry out a fire safety inspection on your home, you could:

  • use your local council's complaints procedure. If they still don't help, you can pass your complaint to the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.
  • contact the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and organise a free home fire safety visit. You can ask for a list of repairs needed and pass a copy to your landlord.
  • talk to your local MSP and see if they'll contact the council for you.
Make sure your home is fire safe
Tenants (public sector and council)