Gas Safety inspections for rental properties

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imagesWe came across an interesting article recently regarding understanding the law for rental accommodation and gas safety inspections. A light bulb moment came about and we thought it might be useful to summarise the position and set out the landlord’s responsibility in this regard!

As a landlord, you’re responsible for the safety of your tenants. The Gas Safety (installation and Use) Regulations 1998 deal with the landlords’ duties to make sure gas appliances, fittings and flues provided in rental properties are safe for tenants.

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

  1. Maintenance – Pipework, appliances and flues must be maintained in safe condition and gas appliances should be serviced in accordance with manufacturers instructions. If they aren’t available, make sure you have them checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
  2. Gas safety checks – These are required every 12 months and must be carried out on every gas appliance/flue.
  3. Record – A record of annual checks must be provided to your tenant within 28 days of the check being completed or new tenants before they move in. Landlord’s must keep copies for 2 years.

As a landlord, you also have to ensure that all installation, maintenance and safety checks are carried out by a gas safe registered engineer!

If tenants have their own gas appliances that you have not provided, then you are responsible for the maintenance of the gas pipework but not the actual appliance.

If you’re rental property is due for a gas safety check why not give The Organised Cleaning Company a call and our property maintenance department will be more than happy to send out a gas safe registered engineer for your annual check up and certificate! Contact us on 020 7458 4433 or email us on iprefer@organisedcleaning.com.

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