Although it should always be on landlords’ minds, the importance of gas safety should be especially prominent this week…
It’s Gas Safe Register’s Gas Safety Week this week, and we’re getting involved to help landlords remember the importance of gas safety, both this week and every week.
With an estimated five million unsafe gas installations currently in homes across the country, keeping our homes gas safe seems to be something that many of us forget about. We’re reminding all landlords to consider the safety of their tenants this week, as well as remembering to employ a registered professional to check that everything is working as it should be.
In a study by Info Installers, Yorkshire and the Humber was found to have the largest proportion of illegal gas fitters (77%), followed by the East Midlands (75%) and London (72%).
And it’s not just your tenants’ safety that you have to think about – using a rogue gas fitter can also hit your pocket:
- One in six people would knowingly employ an illegal gas fitter
- 41% believe that this will be cheaper
- Correcting their work costs an average of 25% more
- £100m is wasted each year rectifying illegal jobs
- One in five of these jobs had to be disconnected immediately to make them safe
We are reminding all landlords to remember the importance of gas safety this Gas Safety Week by ensuring that all of your legal obligations are up to date and completed to the right standard.
If you are unsure of your duties, we have compiled a comprehensive guide to help: https://www.justlandlords.co.uk/news/landlords-guide-gas-safety/
If you’ve not yet arranged your annual gas safety check on each of your rental properties, now is the perfect time to book them in – but remember to use a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Not only is it essential that you protect your tenants when it comes to gas safety, your pocket could also be hit if you fail to comply with your responsibilities. Keep our homes safe!