Regulation 36 of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 state a yearly gas safety check must be carried out on all gas appliances and flues in rented accommodation owned by a landlord and provided for tenants to use. Should a gas safety incident occur without a valid gas safety check record in force resulting in damage to property or injury or death, the landlord will be sent to prison together with additional substantial court costs.
Landlords are required by law to ensure that relevant gas appliances, flues, chimneys and installation pipework are maintained in a safe condition, and that an annual gas safety check is carried out. Regulation 36 of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 state a yearly gas safety check must be carried out on all gas appliances and flues in rented accommodation owned by a landlord and provided for tenants to use.
This check is a written record of what is seen and tested on the day the gas safe registered(Corgi) engineer attends and decides whether or not the gas appliances installed are safe to use.
Please be aware that a gas safety check does not in any circumstances prevent issues from occurring in the future, its findings are what is found on the day and could result in your appliances being found to be not safe/at risk or immediately dangerous to use, however payment will still be due for the work in that event.
This work is basically like a car MOT test situation, you take your car to a garage test center to have its MOT test carried out. If it fails as a result of faults found then you have the option of getting the car repaired and then re-tested for the MOT test. But you still have to pay for the initial MOT test plus in addition you have to pay someone, either the MOT test center or another garage to have the faults rectified.
Landlords who do not comply with this Regulation will face legal action from the Health and Safety Executive. Gas safety inspection records for rental properties expire after a 12 month period and become invalid.
Arranging repeat gas safety registered engineer inspections, to renew gas safety records, is often of little importance and forgotten or ignored by landlords. This can sometimes be down to issues with cost.
Should a gas safety incident occur without a valid gas safety record being present, this would trigger an investigation and prosecution, the landlord will receive a criminal record together with substantial fines and court costs.
Should a gas safety incident occur resulting in damage to property or injury or death, the landlord will be sent to prison together with additional substantial court costs.
Our certified Gas Safe Registered(Corgi) engineer will carry out the following checks:-
- Visual inspection of gas pipe,appliances,terminals,chimney,flue route and signs of incomplete combustion.
- Case and combustion seals.
- Gas emergency control valve access and Gas meter with correct label.
- Appliance gas rate or burner pressure.
- Combustion gas analysis ratio.
- Correct gas appliance ventilation.
- Flue flow/spillage testing of open flue gas appliances.
- Safety controls for correct operation.
- Take action should any unsafe operation of gas appliance be discovered.
On completion of a gas safety inspection procedure, the engineer will record their findings on the gas safety inspection record form.
Each residing tenant must be provided with a copy of the written gas safety record check within 28 days of the record being issued. This written record check is valid for that property for the following 12 months only.
When a long standing tenancy exists, a new gas safety inspection must be carried out within 12 months of the previous inspection. When a tenant moves out of a rental property the landlord must ensure that all gas pipe work, gas appliances and flues are in a safe condition before renting out the property again to new tenant.
A new gas safety inspection should be carried out prior to the beginning of each new tenancy. The new tenant must be provided with a copy of the gas safety check record before they move into the rental property. New gas appliances must be inspected within 12 months of being installed. Written records of all gas safety checks must be kept by the property landlord for two years.
Your gas safety check written record will include the following:-
- The date the check was made
- The address where the inspection took place
- The landlord/letting agent address
- Description/location of each gas appliance checked
- Any gas appliance defects identified
- Any gas appliance defect remedial action taken.
- Confirmation that the checks made adhere to Regulation 26(9)
- The name,signature and registration number of the Gas Safe Registered(Corgi) engineer performing the checks
We know a landlords life can be made so much easier when the gas engineer understands the needs and responsibilities of landlords.
- We can contact and arrange access with tenants directly when carrying out gas safety inspections.
- We can inform you of any damage caused by tenants when performing gas safety inspections.
- We can offer competitive rates for portfolios of multiple properties inspected at the same time.
Inspections can normally be carried out within 2 – 4 hours, depending on type and number of gas appliances.
Contact us for assistance to quickly arrange your landlord gas safety inspection, or for an estimate for the completion of a new landlord gas safety inspection record.
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