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New Gas Safety rules come into force today

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

The RLA is welcoming amended gas safety rules, surrounding annual gas safety checks, that have come into force today (6th April).

The amended rules offer landlords greater flexibility when it comes to the timing of landlords’ annual gas safety checks.

‘MOT’ style

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.

This means landlords won’t be penalised for sorting out inspections sooner rather than later as well as giving them greater flexibility with dates if inspectors are in high demand, or if they are struggling to get access to the property – without shortening the overall inspection period.

In practice this means that, were your check due on May 31 for example, the check could be carried out any time in April or May, while still retain the May 31 renewal date for the following year.

By law, landlords are still required to carry out an annual gas safety check or for maintenance to be carried out.

The Health & Safety Executive has published a draft copy of the updated Approved Code of Practice and guidance which can be accessed on their website.

  • For more information about your responsibilities regarding gas safety click here and for further details about general health and safety responsibilities use our interactive safe and secure home resource.
  • The RLA also runs a utilities (gas, electrical and water supply) safety course. For dates and to book click here.

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.

1 Comment

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