If you didn’t already know, this week is the Gas Safe Register’s annual Gas Safety Week. If you’re a landlord, you must remember the importance of gas safety this week and every week.
Ending on Sunday 25th September, Gas Safety Week highlights the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause terrible gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. All landlords that rent out private homes must be aware of their obligations under gas safety laws.
While gas safety is vital all year round, now is the perfect time for you to review gas safety precautions in your rental properties.
Gas Safe Register reminds all landlords that unsafe gas appliances can put you and your tenants at risk of CO poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions.
You must remember to:
- Have all gas appliances and flues in your rental property checked every year.
- Provide your tenant with a record of the annual gas safety check within 28 days of the check being completed or at the start of a new tenancy.
- Keep copies of the gas safety record for two years.
- Always use an engineer that is Gas Safe registered.
- Check your engineer’s Gas Safe ID card.
Our comprehensive guide ensures that you have all the information and advice you need to comply with gas safety regulations, along with specialist tips from the Gas Safe Register: https://www.justlandlords.co.uk/news/landlords-guide-gas-safety/
If you are worried about gas safety in your rental property’s area, the Gas Safe Register has a handy postcode tool that will show you all the dangerous gas appliances that have been found in that location: https://www.staygassafe.co.uk
David Cox, The Managing Director of the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA), says: “ARLA wholly supports Gas Safety Week; conducting gas checks in any property is hugely important, but especially in rented properties, to minimise risks for tenants. Failing to arrange an annual gas safety check, which in the worst case can lead to injury or even death, is a legal requirement. Anything that can be done to increase tenant awareness and reduce the risk in rental properties is a good thing.
“ARLA regularly communicates the importance of gas safety to its members, reminding them of the importance of conducting annual checks with a Gas Safe registered engineer, but Gas Safety Week provides a great opportunity to further raise awareness of the risks associated with not conducting safety checks.”
Landlords, you must remember the importance of sticking to gas safety laws – don’t put your tenants lives at risk!