Letting specialist and SAFEagent member, Leaders, is urging all landlords and tenants to be gas safe and to choose their letting agent wisely, during the third annual Gas Safety Week, which runs from 16th to 22nd September.
Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning, so carrying out annual gas safety checks, as well as being a legislative requirement, is vital to the safety of all tenants.
A Gas Safety check should be carried out by a Gas Safe Register engineer on all rented properties before the tenant moves in, and on an annual basis thereafter. The tenant must be given a copy of a Gas Safety Record before the tenancy commences and within 28 days of the subsequent checks being carried out during the tenancy term.
Leaders’ Technical and Compliance Director, Carole Charge, says: “It is important for tenants to choose a letting agent that complies with all the regulations relating to letting. As letting agents are not formally regulated, not all of them are aware of or abide by the many laws and regulations for letting property.
“The Gas Safety Regulations are particularly crucial because this is a matter of life or death. At Leaders we take the safety of our tenants very seriously and have robust systems and procedures in place that go beyond the legislative requirements. For example, it is our policy that every Gas Safety check is carried out at least five days before it is actually due in order to reduce any risks and allow time for repairs or servicing to be carried out should a problem be found. We strongly advise all our landlords to regularly service their gas appliances as it is a requirement of the regulations that all gas equipment is adequately maintained.”
Leaders is a long-standing member of ALRLA and is also a member of SAFEagent and The Property Ombudsman. It is committed to protecting its landlords and tenants and to raising standards in the industry. Leaders is proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week as a means of making the public more aware of the importance of maintaining gas appliances.
Tenants can be gas safe in their homes by following these tips:
• Look out for warning signs that your gas appliances aren’t working correctly e.g. lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room
• Know the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness
• Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm
• If you smell gas call the gas emergency number on 0800 111 999
For gas safety advice or to find and check an engineer visit the Gas Safe Register website at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk. Alternatively call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500.
For advice you can trust on all aspects of renting or letting in your area please contact your nearest Leaders team. They are local experts backed up by the UK’s largest independent letting firm which has been setting the highest standards for 30 years. To find your nearest branch please visit www.leaders.co.uk