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 Obey Gas SafetyLaws Or Face Prosecution – Landlords Warned

Gas Safety Is A Legal Responsibility

Gas Safety Is A Legal Responsibility

UK Landlords need a better understanding of the many laws and regulations regarding the safety of tenants in private sector rental accommodation, or they may find that non compliance with any of the prescribed regulations can make them liable for prosecution and will render their Landlord Insurance invalid.

UK Landlords have moral and legal responsibilities regarding the safety of all tenants living in private rented sector (PRS) rental accommodation, occupied under a lease or licence, which includes, but not exclusively:

  • Residential premises provided for rent by local authorities, housing associations, private sector landlords, housing co-operatives, hostels
  • Rooms let in Houses of multiple occupation (HMO’s), private households, bed and breakfast accommodation and hotels
  • Rented holiday accommodation such as chalets, cottages, flats, caravans and narrow boats on inland waterways.

The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 outlines the landlords’ duties to make sure gas appliances, fittings and flues provided for use by tenants comply with all the latest UK safety regulations and are not hazardous to the health of the tenant.

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Gas Safety Week

Gas Safety Week begins Monday September 12th, designed to remind people how dangerous gas boilers can be if they are not checked by an accredited, qualified Gas Safe technician

The National Landlords Association is urging members to make sure that all of their UK Private Rented Sector properties are safe for tenants and to ensure that only Gas Safe registered engineers are allowed to service, maintain and check gas appliances.

Landlords are legally required to have their tenants’ gas boilers tested for faults every 12 months. The subsequent inspection report (CP12) must then be given to the tenant.

Faulty boilers pose fatal dangers for tenants and landlords are liable to prosecution if they fail to maintain gas appliances.

National Landlords Association spokesman Richard Price said: “It’s vital that a registered gas engineer is always used to carry out any work on gas appliances to ensure it’s done properly. They can be found on the Gas Safe Register website.”

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