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This section looks at hazards. It covers gas and electrical safety, fire safety, furnishings, asbestos, refuse and vermin. It outlines who may be liable and the different courses of action that occupiers can take.

Gas safety

This section details the risks and responsibilities in connection with the installation and use of gas systems and appliances. 


This section deals with electrical safety in private rented tenancies. 

Fire safety

This section deals with fire safety regulations in across different types of accommodation in Scotland. 

Furniture and furnishings

The safety requirements for furniture and furnishings are covered by several pieces of legislation. 

Asbestos in the home

Asbestos has been used in the construction and modernisation of housing for many years. 


If rubbish is allowed to accumulate it may attract vermin and constitute a danger to residents. Occupiers should contact the local authority that has powers to require and carry out removal of accumulations. 


Disrepair or poor building design may result in infestation by cockroaches, ants, mites, silverfish, bedbugs, fleas, rats or mice. 


Block infestation by ants or cockroaches is not uncommon in modern system-built housing. The entire block must be treated if complete and permanent removal is to be achieved. 

This content applies to Scotland

Last updated: 29 December 2014