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Gas Safety Week 2018: What landlords need to know

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

This week it is Gas Safety week, an annual week coordinated by the Gas Safe Register. As part of the week, the Gas Safe register has issued the following SIX steps that landlords can take in order to be ‘Gas Safe’. These are:

  • Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service your appliances. You can find and check an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk (check out our graphic below) or call 0800 408 5500.
  • Check both sides of your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card. Make sure they are qualified for the work you need doing. You can find this information on the back of the card.
  • Have all your gas appliances regularly serviced and safety checked every year. If you rent your home ask for a copy of the landlord’s current Gas Safety Record.
  • Know the six signs of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. Unsafe gas appliances can put you at risk of CO poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions.
  • Check gas appliances for warning signs that they are not working properly e.g. lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks or stains on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
  • Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home.
Change in law

Earlier this year, gas safety rules, relating to annual gas safety checks, were amended. The rules, which were amended in April, offer landlords greater flexibility when it comes to the timing of landlords’ annual gas safety checks.

The new rules mean that landlords can carry out the annual gas safety check in the two months BEFORE the due date, and they still retain the existing expiry date.

Don’t leave Gas Safety on the back burner

The RLA has a range of resources to help landlords keep their tenants-and properties gas safe. This includes our Utilities classroom course.  This course demonstrates the importance of risk assessments, how to manage safety to protect the tenant, landlord and visitors and what actions property professionals should carry out in order to keep within the law. You can book your place on this half day course here. 

It is very important that landlords always check the engineer’s ID card and make sure the engineer is qualified for the work that needs doing and should encourage tenants to do the same.

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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