Recently, there have been a number of fines issued to landlords following negligence towards gas safety.
As a buy-to-let landlord, you have a number of legal obligations regarding gas safety in your property.
It is possible that you only rent out a standard buy-to-let property, but you must be aware that your duties apply to a range of accommodation, including residential property provided by:
- local authorities
- housing associations
- private sector landlords
Your legal responsibilities also apply to rooms in:
- bed-sits/bed and breakfast accommodation
- private houses
- holiday accommodation, such as chalets and cottages
Responsibilities towards your gas safety obligations as a landlord can be sourced in the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. This act aims to ensure that all gas appliances, fittings and flues provided for tenants are safe.
Under these regulations, it is imperative that you remember your duties under three main categories.
Maintenance-It is your duty to make sure that all gas appliances in your rental property are safe and sufficiently maintained. This includes checking all pipework and flues. All appliances should be looked after as per the guidelines from the manufacturer.
Checking-A full gas safety check on all appliances in your property must be carried out every 12 months. These checks must be carried out by a registered Gas Safe Engineer. These engineers will carry a Gas Safety Register ID card, which you must check to make sure they are eligible to carry out the procedure.
Recording-Once this check has been carried out, you must provide your tenants with details of the service within 28 days. In the case of new tenants, you should give them a copy before they move in. You must also keep copies of this Gas Safety Record for two years. The Gas Safety Record must include
- descriptions of appliance checked
- the name, number and signature of the engineer
- the date it was checked
- the address of the property in which the check took place
- the name and address of landlord or agent
- any defects or actions required to fix these issues
It is also vitally important for you to take out the correct landlords insurance policy, which will cover you against any unforeseen problems.
To find out more about gas safety in your rented property, you can visit the Government website.