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Don’t cut corners with gas

As a landlord you should be aware that you are responsible for the safety of your tenants, and that is why many landlords will welcome the Gas Safe Register new “Don’t cut corners” campaign to encourage everyone to check the Register before an engineer works on the gas appliances in their homes.

Gas Safe Register is the official list of gas engineers who are qualified to work safely and legally on gas appliances.

By law, all gas engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register, and the new “Don’t cut corners” - #dontcutcorners - campaign, which is being supported by various organisations, including the Residential Landlords Association (RLA), aims to remind the public and the professionals of the significance of Gas Safe Register.

The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 outline the duties of landlords to ensure gas appliances, fittings and chimneys/flues provided for tenants are safe.

Your responsibilities as a landlord:

If you let a property equipped with gas appliances, Gas Safe points out that you have three main responsibilities:

Maintenance: pipework, appliances and chimney/flues need to be maintained safely. Gas appliances should be serviced in accordance with the frequency given in the manufacturer’s instructions. If these are not available, you should ask a Gas Safe registered engineer to service them annually.

Gas safety checks: An annual gas safety check should be carried out on each gas appliance/flue. This will ensure gas appliances and fittings are safe to use. There is a legal requirement on you to have all gas appliances safety checked by a registered engineer annually and you also need to maintain gas pipework and flues in a safe condition. This is UK law.

Record: A record of the annual gas safety check should be provided to your existing tenants within 28 days of completion, or to new tenants upon the start of their tenancy. If the rental period is less than 28 days at a time you may display a copy of the record in a prominent position within the dwelling. You’ll need to keep copies of the record for at least two years.

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