The responsibility of the Landlord/Agent is to carry out annual Gas Safety Inspections on all gas appliances/flues within the rental property. The internal gas pipework, although not a requirement under regulations, should also be checked to ensure tightness.
What happens if I don’t maintain my tenants’ gas appliances?
Failure to do so may result in loss of life. Not only that, you risk being prosecuted and this could result in you facing a maximum penalty of £5000 for each offence. If the case is then refered to the Crown Court the maximum penalty may be an unlimited fine and the possibility of imprisonment.
What are my main duties as a Landlord?
- Ensure all gas fittings and flues are maintained in a safe condition. Gas appliances should be serviced in accordance with the manufacurer’s instructions. If these are not available, it is recommended that they are serviced annually unless advised otherwise by a Gas Safe Registered installer.
- Ensure an annual safety check is carried out on each gas appliance/flue. Before any new lease starts, you must make sure that these checks have been carried out within one year before the start of the lease date, unless the appliance in the property has been installed for less than 12 months, in which case they should be checked within 12 months of their installation date.
- Have all installation, maintenance and safety checks carried out by a CORGI-registered gas installer.
- Keep a record of each safety check for at least two years.
- Issue a copy of the latest safety check record to existing tenants within 28 day of the check being completed, or to any new tenant before they move in (in certain cases there is an option to display the record).
What if an appliance fails the safety check?
The safety check record will contain details of any defect identified and remedial action taken. You must ensure that any defect is rectified (by a CORGI registered gas installer) before the equipment is used again. It is recommended that you keep copies of work done to rectify defects identified by the safety check.
It is an offence to use, or allow the use of, a gas appliance you know to be unsafe. In no circumstances should you reconnect an appliance that you have been told is unsafe, which has either been isolated or disconnected for safety reasons, until the fault has been rectified.