Landlords’ Gas Safety Checks

Landlords Safety Checks

As a Landlord, you are responsible for the safety of your tenants. This includes the following:

  • residential premises provided for rent by local authorities, housing associations, private sector landlords, housing co-operatives, hostels
  • rooms let in bed-sit accommodation, private households, bed and breakfast accommodation and hotels
  • rented holiday accommodation such as chalets, cottages, flats, caravans and narrow boats on inland waterways.

If you let a property equipped with gas appliances you have three main responsibilities:

  • Maintenance: pipework, appliances and flues must be maintained in a safe condition. Gas appliances should be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If these are not available it is recommended that they are serviced annually unless advised otherwise by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
  • Gas safety checks: a 12 monthly gas safety check must be carried out on every gas appliance/flue.  A gas safety check will make sure gas fittings and appliances are safe to use.
  • Record: a record of the annual gas safety check must be provided to your tenant within 28 days of the check being completed or to new tenants before they move in. Landlords must keep copies of the gas safety record for two years.

 

Investigation data spanning five years by Gas Safe Register reveals that unsafe gas appliances have been found in a fifth (21%) of privately-rented accommodation, leading Gas Safe Register to believe that more than 2.7million people could be living in dangerous housing.

Jonathan Samuel, managing director for Gas Safe Register, said:

“Gas safety can be a matter of life or death. The findings from the 122,000 inspections carried out by our team over the last five years show us that more unsafe appliances have been found in rented accommodation than in privately owned homes. However, any unsafe appliance can have devastating consequences, regardless of the type of property.

“We are urging renters, homeowners and landlords alike to make sure they know to get gas appliances checked on an annual basis and, as a legal requirement, to ‘trust the triangle’ by using a Gas Safe registered engineer.”


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All installation, maintenance and safety checks need to be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer, like Lenton Gas Services.

If you’d like to know more, call us on 07551 256206.

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