Under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 landlords are under a statutory duty to maintain in a safe condition any relevant gas fitting and any flue which serves any relevant gas fitting. This includes items such as gas fires, gas cookers, central heating and water heaters.
Therefore landlords must ensure that gas fittings are maintained in a safe condition. This means that your gas installations and appliances must be serviced regularly and you must keep records of the services and safety checks. You should:
- Have a safety check carried out on all gas appliances at least annually. Gas safety certificates are valid for 12 months or until the tenancy changes hands.
- Keep a record of each gas safety check for 2 years.
- Give a copy of the GAS Safe registered engineer’s safety check report to each current tenant, within 28 days of the safety check, or to new tenants before occupation.
- Ensure the gas meter and cut-off valve are easily accessible to the tenants and ensure they know how to turn off the gas supply if they suspect a gas or carbon monoxide leak.
- Advise your tenants not to use any gas appliance they think is unsafe.
At Brown & Doyle Heating & Plumbing our gas safe registered are qualified to carry out the inspection and issue a gas safety certificate. If the appliance requires repairs or servicing, this work can usually be carried out at the same visit at a reduced cost.
We also offer a service to our customers, where we can pick up keys from a local estate agent and or arrange access through your tenant to carry out the certificate. These services are carried out at no extra charge to you.