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In 1996 the Government made it law that all landlords who rent part/all of a property, must have all gas appliances and pipe work checked and a certificate to prove it every 12 months.

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Landlords Should:

  • Ensure the gas meter and cut-off valve are easily accessible to the occupiers.
  • Make it clear to your tenants that they should not carry out their own ‘repairs’ to any gas appliance.
  • Ensure your tenants know that they must turn off the gas supply to the property and call TRANSCO on 0800 111 999 if they suspect a gas or carbon monoxide leak.
  • Advise your tenants not to use any gas appliance they think is unsafe.
  • Advise your tenants that you will need to get access to the property to carry out the necessary safety checks and maintenance to the gas appliances (with reasonable notice).

Landlords Should NOT:

  • Allow anyone other than a Capita registered engineer to maintain gas installations or appliances.

The landlord and tenants’ obligations are statutory requirements and a criminal offence would occur if they were not met.

One of the most important energy saving measures you can take could save a lot more than money. Keeping your boiler serviced regularly, will not only keep your energy consumption down – it will also keep you and your family safe!

Many people think that if a boiler is working it doesn’t need any attention but that is not true, if a boiler’s not serviced annually, it and the flue will gradually start to get blocked and become less efficient. The boiler will have to work harder to produce the same heat. The result is higher gas consumption – and bills and a greater chance of build-up of deadly carbon monoxide (CO).

Badly maintained gas appliances or damaged flues can leak CO in differing methods causing very high chances of risk to health.

In rented accommodation an annual inspection is compulsory, so people in rented homes are potentially safer than homeowners and their families! Regular safety checks and servicing of gas appliances mean you will be able to sleep easy in your bed, knowing your family is safe. And a gas fire or boiler operating at peak efficiency costs less to run, so you save money too. It’s a win-win situation.

The most concerning cases are where the boiler hasn’t been properly maintained, and there is no opportunity to point these faults out until it is too late. There have been many cases of death or serious illness of families and it could all be prevented with regular maintenance.

You have an annual service on your car, it runs better, uses less fuel and, more importantly, you know it’s safe. It’s no different with your gas boiler. If it’s not maintained properly, it is also potentially a very lethal machine.

Badly installed or maintained gas appliances can cause CO faults. Legislation requires the landlord to carry out a gas safety inspection on all gas appliances at least once every 12 months. The servicing/inspecting must be carried out by a Council of Registered Gas Installers (Capita) engineer.

Remember - never attempt to repair a gas appliance yourself and never block up air vents, even if there is a draught.

 
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