Environment, Safety and Standards Property Management

RLA welcomes changes to gas safety rules

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

Changes to the rules surrounding annual gas safety checks, giving landlords greater flexibility around dates, are being welcomed  by the RLA.

Subject to parliamentary approval landlords will now be able to carry out the compulsory checks any time in the two months leading up to the renewal date – while still retaining the existing date for the following year.

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.

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.

The Health & Safety Executive has published a draft copy of the updated Approved Code of Practice and guidance which will apply from 6th April 2018, subject to approval

  • 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

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Magazine and Digital Editor for the NRLA. With 20 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for editing our members' magazine 'Property', producing our articles for our news site, the weekly and monthly bulletins and editorial content for our media partners.

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