This week, Lettings Manager, James Hawley touches on gas safety regulations for landlords.
Gas safety certification for landlords has been around for a while, but there have been some changes to the rules this year that always bring about thoughts about gas safeties and boiler maintenance. Following on from the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 came into force on 6 April 2018.
Landlords are responsible for ensuring the gas appliances within any residential property are safe. This means any let property, room let in a house or bedsit, or any rented holiday accommodation. The requirement applies to any lease, or licence for less than 7 years. Details of exactly what is covered by this regulation can be found on the Health and Safety Executive website.
The Gas Safe Register website outlines that there are three main areas a landlord must comply to meet these requirements:
- Gas pipework, appliances and chimney/flues need to be maintained in a safe condition and appliances should be serviced in accordance with the frequency given in the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Gas appliances and flues must be safety checked annually by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer and any defects rectified.
- Landlords must keep a record of gas safety checks for a minimum of 2 years and these must be provided to tenants at the outset of their tenancy and within 28 days of completion.
Any checks or work on gas pipes, appliances, or flues should only ever be carried out by a qualified gas engineer from the Gas Safe Register.
Previously landlords (and agents) would seek to have gas safety checks carried out as close to their expiry date as possible. The intention would be to avoid “losing days” on the certificate, by bringing the renewal date back, as it is valid for 12 months from inspection. However, the changes implemented in April this year have changed that.
Gas safety checks can now be carried out any time between 10 and 12 months from the previous check, but this will not change the due date. Therefore, revolving the expiry date on the same day each year, regardless of when in this window the check is carried out. This affords the landlord a degree of flexibility when renewing the safety certificate.
If you have any questions about this article, or about the gas safety requirements of your own property, get in touch.