Time to take gas safety seriously, urge AIIC
The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks have spoken out on the importance of the entire private rented sector taking gas safety alot more seriously, after a spike in fines for landlords who failed to meet key rules.
Although the AIIC acknowledge that it’s only a minority of landlords who are offending, recent incidents include:
- A Plymouth landlord was fined over £11,000 in April for letting a property with a dangerous gas boiler, as well as failing to provide gas safety certificates for their numerous properties on several occasions.
- A London landlord was fined and given a suspended prison sentence in March for installing a boiler that hadn’t been checked by a qualified gas engineer. The alarm was raised by the tenant after they suspected a carbon monoxide leak and the National Grid has to switch off the gas supply to ensure the tenant’s safety.
- A Harrogate landlord was fined almost £3,000 for failing to provide gas safety certificates for two of their rental properties.
Therefore the AIIC is urging landlords and agents who represent them to review their gas systems, including boilers and gas appliances.
Patricia Barber, chair of the AIIC, said: “All rented properties need to comply with the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations and it’s extremely important that landlords take this responsibility seriously and make sure they are up to speed with what’s required.”
The Gas Safety Regulations 1998 outline the duties of landlords to ensure gas appliances, fittings and chimneys/flues provided for tenants are safe.
Your responsibilities as a landlord are:
Maintenance: pipework, appliances and chimney/flues need to be maintained safely and should be serviced in accordance with the frequency given in the manufacturer’s instructions, however if these are not available you should ask a Gas Safe registered engineer to service them annually.
Gas safety checks: It is a legal requirement to have all gas appliances safety checked by a registered engineer annually and you also need to maintain gas pipework and flues in a safe condition.
Records: A record of the annual gas safety check should be provided to your existing tenants within 28 days of completion, or to new tenants upon the start of their tenancy. If the rental period is less than 28 days at a time you may display a copy of the record in a prominent position within the dwelling. It is recommended that you keep copies of the records for at least 2 years.
So if you are in need of your annual Gas Safety Checks then simply fill out this form and we will arrange everything for you ASAP.
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