Are your customers private landlords?
They should be aware that they are responsible for the gas safety of their tenants. If not then it’s important you let them know.
Landlords are expected to follow throught with their legal duties if any of the following accommodation is occupied under a lease or licence; (but not limited to)
- Residential premises provided for rent by local authorities, housing associations, private sector landlords, co-operatives, hostels.
- Rooms, let in bed-sit accommodation, private households, bed and breakfast accommodation and hotels.
- Rented holiday accommodation such as chalets, cottages, flats, caravans and narrow boats on inland waterways.
For more information check The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998
If you know anyone who lets property which has any gas appliances, fittings and chimneys/flues they’ll will have the following responsibilities; (This also includes short letting periods)
All pipework, appliances and chimney/flues must be maintained safely. Therefore, gas appliances are expected to be serviced in accordance with the frequency given in the instructions. If the manufacturer’s instructions are not available then a Gas Safe registered engineer can service them.
- Gas Safety Checks
It’s crucial that you carry out annual gas safety checks on each gas appliance/flue. Not only is this a legal requirement in the UK but by doing this it will ensure any tenants that the appliances in their home are completely safe to use.
A record of the ‘Annual Gas Safety Check‘ should be provided to both existing tenants within 28 days of completion and to new tenants at the start of their tenancy. For rental periods less than 28 days just make sure a copy of the record is displayed. So it’s important to keep copies of the record for at least 2 years.
In the unlikely event that a tenant denies the landlord access to the property, it’s important to have an agreement signed by the tenant before moving in, allowing access for any maintenance or safety work.
Remember to take all ‘reasonable steps’ including giving the tenant notice before seeking legal advice. If they still refuse, the landlord should keep all records of the attempts made. This will help in the future.
Unfortunately The Gas Safety Regulation can’t ‘force disconnection’ of the gas supply, this could end in a landlord seeking legal advice. (Expensive!) So make sure an agreement is signed beforehand.
For Gas Safe’s downloadable factsheet with more information click here