Gas Safety Check

GAS SAFETY CHECK IS HIGHLY IMPORTANT AND RECOMMENDED,

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Gas Safety Check – All you need to know

Although as a homeowner you are not legally obligated to have a Gas Safety Check carried out on your home, it is highly recommended. Carbon Monoxide poisoning causes around 40 deaths every year in the UK and approximately 200 hospitalisations. These deaths can be easily prevented with regular Gas Safety Checks and ensure that the gas system is well maintained.

Landlords have a legal obligation to ensure that all gas appliances, fittings, pipes and associated flues are safe with an annual Gas Safety Check. These checks must be carried out by a Gas Safe Registered engineer (previously known as CORGI registered). The gas engineer will provide a Gas Safety Certificate in which a copy will be required for your tenant. This Gas Safety Certificate is also necessary for any insurance policies you have in place. Without this Gas Safety Certificate, your insurance will be considered invalid.

It’s important to keep on top of these annual checks as failure to do so could result in your appliances becoming dangerous and leaking harmful gases and if a tenant is harmed due to inadequate safety checks then a criminal court can impose unlimited fines and if in the worst case death occurs the landlord can be charged with manslaughter.

If a Management Company is managing your property for you, you must check the contract to make sure that it states clearly who holds the responsibility for these inspections and the maintenance on your gas appliances. All paperwork pertaining to Gas Safety Checks and the maintenance of your gas appliances must be kept on record for at least two years and if you are a landlord, you must ensure that your tenants are given copies within 28 days of the inspection. If your tenants change, you will need to give them a copy of the Gas Safety Certificate before they move in unless the responsibility lies on any agent acting on your behalf, then they will need to pass onto them the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.

If you want to have extra peace of mind, as well as your annual checks, Carbon Monoxide alarms can be installed and can keep your tenants safe from Carbon Monoxide poisoning. It has been a legal requirement in England from 1st October 2010 to have a CO alarm installed in the same room as a coal fire or wood burning stove. This does not include gas appliances.

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