For landlords, it can be difficult to understand your gas safety responsibilities and to protect your tenants and your property from an accidental gas leak or explosion. Landlords are responsible for their properties and they have an important duty of care to their tenants. In fact, it is the landlord’s sole responsibility to ensure that Gas Safety Checks are not just in place, but up to date as well.
In March 2020, in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis,the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) released new guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities.The document provides guidance on property access and health and safety obligations in the context of COVID-19restrictions, but still requires landlords to gain access to their properties and carry out the required gas safety checks.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) state:“Landlords have a duty of care to their tenants. This is a legal duty to repair and maintain gas pipework, flues and appliances in a safe condition, to ensure an annual gas safety check on each appliance and flue, and to keep a record of each safety check.”
Landlord Responsibilities For Gas Safety
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 state that landlords must ensure that all gas appliances, fittings, chimneys, and flues are safe and working efficiently. The regulations go on to state that landlords have three main legal responsibilities when letting a property with gas appliances installed. These include:
Perform Gas Safety Checks- for tenant safety purposes, all gas appliances and flues need to undergo an annual gas safety check. These gas safety checks must be performed by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Keep A Gas Safety Record- within 28 days of the gas safety check, a copy of your Landlord Gas Safety Record should be given to your current tenants.New tenants should be provided with a Gas Safety Recordat the start of their tenancy.
Perform All Necessary Maintenance- landlords are required to perform any necessary maintenance to ensure that all gas pipework, appliances, chimneys, and flues are kept in safe condition. That means contacting a reputable property management company that has trained contractors who are experts in the installation, service and repair of all gas systems. They should also be able to carry out the required Landlord Gas Safety check.
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