Gas Safety Week is a national safety campaign which every year aims to raise awareness of the importance of gas safety in gas fuelled homes.
Now in its fifth year in 2015, it is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register with support from the gas industry including retailers, manufacturers, consumer bodies and the public.
Twenty three million households in United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Guernsey use gas for heating, hot water and cooking, yet it is often taken for granted that boilers, cookers and gas fires are safe.
A badly fitted or poorly serviced gas appliance can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and perhaps worst of all, carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
Every year many hundreds of people across the UK are diagnosed suffering from with carbon monoxide poisoning. CO is a highly poisonous gas which cannot be seen, tasted or smelled. But it kills without warning.
There are approximately 400 admissions to hospital with Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning in England each year and around 40-50 deaths.
Gas Safe Register estimates that there are around 7,500 illegal gas fitters operating across the UK and up to 250,000 illegal gas jobs may be carried out each year (Gas Safe Register Research 2009).
Although there is awareness that gas appliances need to be safety checked annually, 43% of Britons don’t do it, and 10% have gas appliances which have never been checked (Gas Safety Week Research 2011).
As a landlord you have specific legal responsibilities when it comes to gas safety. Even if a property is only rented for a short time, like holiday accommodation, or you have a lodger, the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations apply to you. You must:
- Maintain pipework, appliances and flues provided for your tenants’ use in a safe condition.
- Carry out a 12 monthly gas safety checks on each gas appliance/flue. A gas safety check will make sure gas fittings and appliances are safe to use.
- Provide your tenant with a record of the annual gas safety check within 28 days of the check being completed, or if you have a new tenant, before they move in. If a property or room is hired out for less than 28 days at a time, it is also permissible for you to display a copy of the current Landlords Gas Safety Record in a prominent position within the property.
New regulations introduced from the 1st of October 2015 require all residential landlords in England to have served on their tenants a Gas Safety Certificate within 28 days and before they can serve a valid s21 notice requiring possession.
For more information for landlords on the legal requirements on gas safety for letting holiday accommodation for short periods download factsheet
Co-ordinated by the Gas Safety Register, Gas Safety Week features support from many within the industry to help spread the word. In the spirit of the week, Gas Safe Register says why there should be a focus to manage gas safety, servicing and maintenance.
Keeping your tenants safe is the first and foremost priority in gas safety; without regular safety checks at a property you run the risk of leaving your tenants open to damage from a gas related accident or to their health. It also can lead to significant and costly repairs if left unattended, and heavy fines or even imprisonment for failure to comply.
Check out this NLA video for more information on landlords’ Gas Safety
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