As a landlord, you are responsible for the safety of your tenants. The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 deal with landlords’ duties to make sure gas appliances, fittings and flues provided for tenants are safe.
Appliances, fittings and flues in a communal area but which may be used by tenants are also included. You are responsible for the maintenance and repair of flues, appliances and pipework provided for your tenants use by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. Although there is no prescribed timeframe for these duties, good practice would be the demonstration of regular, annual maintenance checks and subsequent repairs.
You are also responsible for ensuring an annual gas safety check is carried out within 12 months of the installation of a new appliance or flue which you provide and annually thereafter by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. You must keep a record of the safety check for 2 years and issue a copy to each existing tenant within 28 days of the check being completed and issue a copy to any new tenants before they move in.
As a Landlord you are required to:
Maintain pipework, appliances, flues and chimneys. Gas appliances should be serviced annually in accordance with manufacturers instructions.
Carry out an annual gas safety inspection on ALL gas appliances/Flues
Record the information in the form of a gas safety certificate and ensure the tenant has a copy within 28days.
Landlords should always ensure that they use a Gas Safe registered engineer to carry out the Gas safety inspections. All Gas Safe engineers have a Gas Safe ID card with qualifications/expiry dates on the back. Remember to check this card and if still unsure, contact Gas Safe to check the engineer is registered on 0800 4085500.