As a landlord, you have many legal obligations – but one of the most important is gas safety checks.
To ensure the safety of your tenants, it is essential that you carry out these checks – using a Gas Safe registered engineer – at least once every twelve months; this applies to each individual gas appliance in the property. In the event that the tenant installs their own appliance, you are not responsible for it – however, you are for all the pipework running through the property. Once completed, you must provide a record to the existing tenant within 28 days, or to new tenants prior to moving in to the property.
Arrangements must be made with the current tenant to allow access on the appropriate date each year. If several attempts have been made to gain access to the property for gas safety checks, but the tenant has not been responsive, you must be able to show that you have taken ‘all reasonable steps’ to contact them. To ensure you are conducting yourself responsibly within the law, you can refer to this free copy of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 document.
If you are wondering if there are any exceptions, there are a number of ‘frequently asked questions’ which can be found on the government’s Health and Safety Executive website. The questions and answers cover shared ownership, subletting and the cost of a gas safety check – amongst other things.
At Selina’s Lettings, we offer a service to landlords which ensures the timely and efficient completion of gas safety checks – having been working with landlords in Gloucestershire for many years. As standard, we will provide you with annual records of maintenance and safety checks for your property, or as and when upon your request. With us, you can be safe in the knowledge that such an important responsibility is in the hands of a trusted agency.
To find out more about using our service for gas safety checks in Gloucestershire, please get in contact.