Did you know you have a legal responsibility to your tenants for keeping them safe in their property?
Did you also know those responsibilities and duties extend to a wide range of accommodation, occupied by a tenant? These can vary from residential premises, hostels, bed and breakfasts and even caravans!
By law, landlords have to abide by The Gas Safe Regulations to ensure gas appliances, fittings and flues provided within the tenanted property are safe. If they aren’t, not only is this illegal, this could result in a fire, explosion and could give the tenants carbon monoxide poisoning!
There are three main responsibilities if you are a Landlord;
Records- The annual gas safety check record must be provided to the tenants within 28 days of being completed, or to new tenants before they move in. You must then keep those records for two years.
Maintenance- All gas appliances should be serviced annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer. You should also ensure the pipe work, flues and all gas appliances are in safe condition.
Gas Safety Checks- Every 12 months a gas safety check must be carried out on all gas appliances/flues. This ensures they are safe to use.
If the tenant provides their own gas appliance you are not responsible for the appliance itself but just for the maintenance of the gas pipe work alone.
It is extremely vital that you get these checks carried out by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. Failure to do so will invalidate the work carried out and could again put the tenants’ life in danger!
So… After reading this, are you taking every care to ensure the tenants in your property are safe? We hope so!
Hope this information also helps any prospective Landlords make their decision!
Thank you for reading!