Gas safety for landlords and estate agents
As a landlord, you are responsible for the safety of your tenants. The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 highlight the duties of a landlord to ensure that gas appliances, fittings and flues in rented properties are working to a safe standard.
The Landlords' duties cover a wide range of accommodation that is occupied under a lease or licence. These include, but are not an exhaustive list of a landlord’s responsibilities under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. This is applicable for :
Residential premises provided for rent by local authorities, housing associations, private sector landlords, housing 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.
If you let a property equipped with gas appliances there are three main areas of responsibility, these are, maintenance, safety checks and record keeping.
All appliances, including pipework and flues must be maintained in a safe condition. Gas appliances should be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If these are not available it is recommended that they are serviced annually unless advised otherwise by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Gas safety checks:
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.
The record of the yearly gas safety check must be given to your tenant within 28 days of the check being completed or to new tenants before they move in. Landlords must keep copies of the gas safety record for two years.
All installation, maintenance and safety checks need to be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
At Embrace Estates we can manage the whole process for you and take the stress out of your legal responsibilities as a landlord. All of our fitters are Gas Safe Registered engineers who will provide a professional, efficient service.