Tenants: A Guide To Gas Safety and your Landlords Responsibilities.
Current house prices are still on the increase so it's not surprising that over 8 million households rent a property instead of buying one.
Renting a property means you are not responsible for certain aspects of it such as gas safety. If you are part of the 8 million people that rent a property then you should know that your landlord has a legal responsibility when it comes to gas safety. Landlords have a legal duty to making sure the properties they own are gas safe, this includes gas pipework, gas appliances and chimneys/flues being maintained and kept in a safe condition. Any gas appliances that are owned by your landlord that you use within the property must be checked annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer. These responsibilities are stated in the relevant gas safety legislation, such as the Gas Safety Regulations 1998, in the UK.
There are three specific duties a landlord needs to do to keep his/her tenants safe, these include:
Annual gas safety checks: To ensure that any gas appliances and flue provided for tenants are safe for continued use. Landlords must arrange for them to be checked for safety every 12 months by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Record: There must be a record of this annual gas safety check and it will include specific information on the results of the tests that have been carried out. A copy of the gas safety record must be provided to an existing tenant within 28 days of the check being completed or to the new tenants before they move in. Landlords must keep copies of the record for two years.
Maintenance: Maintenance should normally involve a series of regular inspections and any necessary repairs. Landlords must make sure that gas pipework is maintained in a safe condition. Gas appliances and flues provided for the tenants use must also be maintained in a safe condition. They should also be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions but if these are not available, annual servicing is recommended unless advised otherwise by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Making Your Home Safe
It is important that landlords take reasonable steps to gain access to their properties in order to meet their legal responsibilities. As a tenant you should allow the Gas Safe registered engineer appointed by your landlord access to your property to carry out maintenance or safety checks on appliances and/or chimneys/flues that the landlord has provided for your use. Always ask to see the engineer's Gas Safe Register ID card to confirm they are registered and qualified to carry out the necessary work.
You are responsible for the maintenance and safety of your own gas appliances.
However, the landlord is still responsible for the maintenance of the gas pipework. If your Gas Safe registered engineer advises you of an issue with the chimney/flue serving your gas appliances, you need to discuss this with your landlord as they are responsible for all chimney/flues in the property under other legal duties.
Annual Gas Safety Record
If you do not have a copy of the current record for your property, you have the right to request it from your landlord. If your landlord refuses, you can complain to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Remember, whenever you are having gas work carried out, always use a Gas Safe registered engineer who holds the relevant qualifications for working on gas appliances.
We at SJL Heating & Plumbing are Gas Safe accredited and members of the Lancashire County Council run "Safe Trader" Scheme,
ensuring you are getting the highest quality service and with company a you can trust.
Remember, whenever you are having gas work carried out, always use a Gas Safe registered engineer who holds the relevant qualifications for working on gas appliances.SJL Heating & Plumbing are Gas Safe accredited and a member of the Lancashire County Council run "Safe Trader " Scheme, ensuring you are getting the highest quality service and with company a you can trust.