Landlords Gas Safety
I am available to carry out your Landlords Gas Safety Checks and appliance servicing either directly or through your letting agents. I can carry out one-off gas safety inspections of single or multiple properties at your request. I provide CP12 certification on completion of each Landlord Gas Safety Check. Pricing starts at £60 and is negotiable for multiple properties/appliances.
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A landlord’s gas safety duties – what you should know
Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, make sure you understand the laws about gas safety.
Gas safety for landlords
Running a property can be a stressful business. But are you aware of your legal gas safety duties as a landlord? Every year, landlords are conned by illegal gas workers who perform poor gas work, causing serious illness and death of tenants. And if it’s your property, it’s your responsibility. Find out what your gas safety duties are.
Gas safety for tenants: have you asked to see your landlord’s gas safety record?
Being a tenant means there’s always a landlord responsible for the safety of the gas appliances. But when was the last time you saw your landlord’s gas safety record? If your gas appliances have not been safety checked within the last year, you could be in danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. Find out whether your property is gas safe now.
Gas safety for students
Students, be aware of your rights! Student accommodation can be great fun, but to avoid gas dangers that could kill you, ask to see your landlord’s current gas safety record. By law, your landlord must provide you with a copy of their landlord’s gas safety record to ensure the safety of you and your housemates. The great news is it won’t cost you a penny and it could save your life! Find out about your gas safety rights here.
Information for landlords
Landlords have specific legal responsibilities to their tenants when it comes to gas safety
Understanding the law for rental accommodation
As a landlord, you are responsible for the safety of your tenants. Landlords' duties apply to a wide range of accommodation, occupied under a lease or licence, which includes, but not exclusively:
- 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.
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.
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.
All installation, maintenance and safety checks need to be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
If a tenant has their own gas appliance that you have not provided, then you are responsible for the maintenance of the gas pipework but not for the actual appliance.
You should also make sure your tenants know where to turn off the gas and what to do in the event of a gas emergency.
What if my tenant won't allow me access to the property?
The contract you draw up with the tenant should allow you access for any maintenance or safety check work to be carried out. You have to take ‘all reasonable steps’ to ensure this work is carried out, and this may involve giving written notice to a tenant requesting access, and explaining the reason. Keep a record of any action, in case a tenant refuses access and you have to demonstrate what steps have been taken.
Visit the HSE website for more information about landlords' responsibility for gas safety.
What if I'm only renting my property for a short period of time?
Even if a property is only rented for a short period of time, perhaps only a week as a holiday home, you are still a landlord and have specific duties for gas safety. For information on landlords' gas safety responsibilities which apply to short term lets, see the gas safe register website www.gassaferegister.co.uk/PDF/Short_term_lets_factsheet.pdf