Gas Safety | What landlords must do
It is important to note that you are putting the lives of your tenants and their guests at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning or potential explosions if you fail to carry out annual gas safety checks.
Under Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, anyone who lets a property on a lease or licence of less than seven years is considered a landlord and has a responsibility to ensure the gas appliances, fittings, flues and pipework is maintained and safe for their tenant and their guests to use.
The legislation requires that every 12 months a Gas Safe registered engineer inspects, tests and certifies that any gas item within the property are safe. The landlord must supply a copy of this certificate to every tenant within 28 days.
Arranging access, finding a suitable engineer and allowing time in case there is an unexpected problem has always been tricky for landlords and their agents when booking gas tests, until now.
From 6th April 2018 in England and Wales, under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2018, you can have the annual gas safety check on each appliance or flue carried out up to two months before the date the check needs to be carried out but still retain the original deadline date as if the check had been carried out exactly 12 months after the previous check.
Much like the UK’s road worthy Ministry of Transport test (MOT) you require on your car in the UK, if your first test is carried out on 7th July 2018 and you have a re-test on 7th May 2019, you do not then need another test until on or before 7th July 2019.
The two-month allowance is also permitted when you replace an appliance. Let’s say you replaced the boiler on 7th May 2018. As per the above example, you would not need to have the boiler retested until 7th July 2019 with the other gas appliances and installation.
This means landlords can avoid losing up to two months life from their annual gas safety record, which often cost up to £160 per visit in London.
Sam Tabor | Associate Director, London
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