Landlord Gas safety Checks
As a landlord, you are responsible for the safety of your tenants. The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 deal with landlords’ duties to make sure gas appliances, fittings and flues provided for tenants are safe and checked by as registered Gas Safe engineer.
Appliances, fittings and flues in a communal area but which may be used by tenants are also included.
Whether you have natural gas or LPG supply, you are responsible for ensuring an annual gas safety check is carried out within 12 months of the installation of a new appliance or flue which you provide, and annually thereafter by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. You must keep a record of the safety check for 2 years and issue a copy to each existing tenant within 28 days of the check being completed and issue a copy to any new tenants before they move in.
The gas safety check record is a record of the results of the checks carried out for the annual gas safety check. The record is a ‘living document’ and landlords should supplement it with records of any follow up action taken (if required). This would provide a full record of the gas safety within the property.
You should not assume that an annual service inspection includes the points required by a safety check; neither should you assume that carrying out an annual gas safety check will be sufficient to provide effective maintenance. The advice of a competent Gas Safe registered engineer should be taken where necessary on action required.
There are some easy ways to help avoid the build up of carbon monoxide poisoning:
Never block ventilation
Ensure that flues are always kept clear
Have your appliances annually serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer
Without these safety precautions dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can build up with the possibility of fatal consequences.
A report on house in England has revealed that just over 20% of homes in the private rented sector have a CO2 alarm, raising concerns that safety of occupants and calls for revised regulation. Alarms should not be regarded as a replacement for regular maintenance and safety checks by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
On 1 Oct 2015 the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 came into force. From that date, private rented sector landlords have been required to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every floor of their properties and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room where solid fuel is used.
What we offer
- Gas, LPG & oil boiler and system servicing
- Boiler/ Plumbing installations
- Central Heating installation and maintenance
- Annual safety Certifications
- Emergency Breakdowns
- Service oil and gas fired range cookers
- Hot water cylinders
- Radiator changes
- Intelligent control systems
- Legionella testing and certification
Why Choose Us
We are Gas Safe and Oftec registered which means that we have been independently assessed to ensure you always receive a professional, safe and reliable service.