Monday signals the start of a very important week in the world of lettings… of course you will all have it marked in your calendars, but just in case – it marks the first day of Gas Safety week!
Organised by the Gas Safe Register, Gas Safety Week (19-25 September) has been designed to bring gas safety to the forefront, and remind all landlords of their responsibilities.
Just as a refresher, here’s a quick tick list of everything you need to be doing as a landlord to make sure you have got your gas related responsibilities fully under control:
- Make sure you arrange and oversee a full inspection of al pipework, gas appliances and flues on an annual basis. This must be carried out by a registered Gas Safe engineer.
- Records of all inspections must be kept for two years, and you must supply the records to your tenants within 28 days of the inspection taking place. A valid certificate must be presented to a tenant at the start of each new tenancy.
- It is your responsibility to ensure that all gas appliances, flues and pipework is maintained to a safe standard, that complies with manufacturer’s instructions. This maintenance should be carried out by a registered Gas Safe engineer
On a side note, it is also a legal requirement to provide Carbon monoxide monitors in any room with a solid fuel burning appliance – this doesn’t include gas boilers, but many landlords choose to supply a monitor anyway, for added peace of mind.
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