Research by British Gas and Shelter has found that one in ten landlords cannot confirm that their tenants are living in a gas safe property.
The shocking study also discovered that 14% of landlords were not aware of their legal obligation to have their rental properties checked for has safety each year.
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These figures arrive in time for Gas Safety Week, a time when they can be reminded that they must maintain gas safety. Only 90% of respondents said that their rental properties had an active gas safety certificate (CP12) and that the boiler was serviced annually. 7% stated most/some/none of their properties had the certificate and checks. This leaves 3% who cannot confirm that their tenants are not at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.P
It is a requirement by law that rental properties have a yearly gas safety check and certificate, and this is the responsibility of the landlord. If landlords do not stick to these regulations, they could be fined, and even imprisoned.
Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of Shelter, says: “Renters deserve to know that their homes are not just accidents waiting to happen. Landlords must carry out gas safety checks every year. Failing to do so is not just against the law; it is a danger to peoples’ lives, and that just can’t carry on.”1
British Gas and Shelter are working together to ensure safety within private rented houses, and Gas Safety Week is highlighting the responsibilities of landlords.
Landlords are also encouraged to fit a carbon monoxide monitor in all of their rental properties.
Tenants are also reminded of their rights and their landlord’s obligation to conduct the checks.
British Gas engineer Ben Whitehouse, says: “There are many things that tenants can do to make sure their home is gas safe.
“Carbon monoxide is a silent killer and can leak from a range of household appliances. That’s why it’s so important to fit a carbon monoxide alarm.”1
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