As a Landlord of a residential rented property it is your legal duty to have an annual safety check carried out on the gas appliances, pipework and flues provided for your tenants. You are responsible for making sure that they are properly maintained, safe to use and do not present a danger to the tenants.
Know the risks
The most obvious danger is from a leak or faulty fitting, which can potentially be toxic or explosive, but it is also important to remember the dangers of Carbon monoxide – the colourless, odourless and almost undetectable poisonous gas emitted by fuel burning appliances which can be fatal.
Which types of property does this affect?
As a landlord you need to be aware that you have legal responsibilities relating to the safety of the tenants living in your property. This includes:
Provided for rent by local authorities, housing associations, private sector landlords, co-operatives, hostels.
Rooms, let in bed-sit accommodation, private households, bed and breakfast accommodation and hotels.
Rented holiday accommodation such as cottages, chalets, flats, caravans and narrow boats on inland waterways
Legal and safety
All gas pipework, appliances and chimney/flues need to be properly maintained in a safe condition. Gas appliances should be serviced in accordance with the frequency given in the manufacturer’s instructions. Where these are not available, annual servicing is recommended unless advised otherwise by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Any appliances owned by the tenant are not the landlords responsibility, but the connecting flue may remain your responsibility.
Gas appliances and flues must be safety checked annually by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer. We advise you to ensure anyone carrying out any kind of work with gas appliances or fittings at your property is a Gas Safe registered and qualified to work on the type of gas and appliances. It is the law and a vital step to help ensure the safety of your tenants. On passing the inspection a Gas Safety Certificate will be issued.
As a landlord you must keep a record of the annual Gas Safety checks and certificates for at least 2 years. You should provide these to your existing tenants within 28 days of completion, or to new tenants upon the start of their tenancy. If you have benefited from the new regulations allowing flexibility in timing of gas safety checks, records must be kept until two further gas safety checks have been carried out.
Your requirements as a Landlord
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 outline the duties of landlords to ensure gas appliances, fittings and chimneys/flues provided for tenants are safe.
Any Gas work or Gas Safety inspections and certifications must be completed by a Gas Safe Registered heating engineer.
New regulations introduced in April 2018 allow a landlord to arrange for a gas safety check to be carried out any time from 10-12 calendar months after the previous check whilst still preserving the original check expiry date.
Where a gas safety check is carried out less than 10 months or more than 12 months after the previous gas safety check this will have the effect of ‘resetting the clock’ and the new deadline date will now be 12 months from the date of this latest gas safety check.
Always use a Gas Safe Registered heating engineer
Ensure your tenants know how to turn the gas off and what to do in the event of a gas emergency
Arrange an annual Gas Safety check reminder with us, to ensure it is booked in advance each year
Your tenancy agreement should allow access for any maintenance or safety check work to be carried out. If your tenant refuse access to the property you must show that you’ve taken all ‘reasonable steps’ to comply with the law
Be sure to keep a record of your Gas Safety Records and any action taken.
Please contact us to arrange a boiler inspection, service and Gas Safe Certification by one our expert Gas Safe Registered boiler engineers.