The week 14-20 September is national ‘Gas Safety Week’. Landlords with properties that use gas for heating, hot water, and/or cooking need to comply with gas safety requirements. The RLA is here to make sure you stay on the right side of the law!
The RLA has an entire webpage of guides designed to help landlords keep their properties and tenants safe. As it is gas safety week, we direct your attention specifically to these gas safety guides.
Landlords with gas in their properties – for heating, cooking, or hot water – need to have a gas safety certificate: this is a national annual requirement of all privately rented properties.
Do not risk being caught out – or worse, leaving your tenants in threat of fire, carbon monoxide poisoning, and even explosion!
RLA landlord help guides
- Gas Safety Certificates guide: https://www.rla.org.uk/landlord/documents/gas_safety/gas_safety.shtml
- Detailed gas safety guidance: https://www.rla.org.uk/landlord/documents/gas_safety/gas_safety_extended.shtml
There is also the Safe & Secure Home. This tool contains ALL the RLA’s guides and documents in an interactive – and frequently updated! – Online tool. Find out more: http://www.rla.org.uk/landlord/safe-and-secure/
Government has – on 14th September 2015 – approved proposals for ALL privately rented properties to have fire alarms and CO detectors (in relevant properties). Some local fire authorities will be handing out FREE smoke alarms and CO detectors, whilst others will be providing FREE safety checks on privately rented properties to assess those at greatest risk.
For more information visit the bespoke RLA webpage so you can contact your local fire & rescue authority: http://rla.org.uk/landlord/guides/fire-authorities-information.shtml
Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector guidance
The RLA suggests that landlords with gas or solid fuel heating appliances place CO detectors near these appliances. The Association does not think they will be required in every property, only those with gas appliances – and properly situated. For more information, please refer to the RLA news story for links to guides and RLA take on the matter: Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide guides and webpages live
Finally, the RLA training course: The principle of lettings-the landlords’ way – contains gas safety information. Click here for more information.