Having a rental property can be a stressful business with the increasing number of regulations to follow and adhere to. None more important than Gas Safety.
Recently it was reported that a Private Landlord in Plymouth risked the lives of his tenants through a dangerous gas boiler installed in the flat. A gas engineer called in by one of the tenants at the flats found serious problems with the gas boiler at the flat and notified HSE. The gas boiler was classified by the Gas Safe registered engineer as ‘immediately dangerous’, meaning if operated or left connected to the gas supply it could cause an immediate danger to life or property. The boiler was replaced by Plymouth council after the landlord failed to undertake the necessary repairs. The Landlord was fined &11,000 and costs of &880.
So are you aware of your legal gas safety duties as a landlord?
Gas safety checks: a 12 monthly gas safety check must be carried out on every gas appliance/flue. A gas safety check will make sure gas fittings and appliances are safe to use.
Record: a record of the annual gas safety check must be provided to your tenant within 28 days of the check being completed or to new tenants before they move in. Copies of the safety records must be kept for 2 years.
Hunters work alongside a number of qualified Gas Safe engineers, so please contact your local branch should you require a Gas Safety check on your property.