Next week is Gas Safety Week, with landlords around the country being reminded of their obligations when it comes to keeping tenants safe.
Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning, which can kill quickly with no warning and affects thousands of people each year.
Landlords are legally responsible for the safety of their tenants and should make sure maintenance and annual safety checks on gas appliances are carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
If you’re a landlord, you are legally obliged to make sure:
- Pipe-work, appliances and flues provided for tenants are maintained in a safe condition.
- All appliances and flues provided for tenants’ use have an annual safety check.
- Maintenance and annual safety checks are carried out by an engineer registered with Gas Safe Register.
- All gas equipment (including any appliance left by a previous tenant) is safe or otherwise removed before re-letting.
- A Gas Safety Record is provided to the tenant within 28 days of completing the check or to any new tenant before they move in.
- You keep a copy of the Gas Safety Record for two years.
It also offers an interactive safe and secure home tool to help landlords keep a close eye on the condition of their properties and their obligations to tenants and information on regulation regarding smoke alarms and C02 detectors.
Before any gas work is carried out landlords should 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.
For more information on Gas Safety Week, which runs from September 19th -25th, or to find and check an engineer go to www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.