Do's and don’ts for Gas Safety Week
According to the Gas Safe Register, one in four homes in the UK has a potentially dangerous gas appliance. That’s a lot of potential damage to property and – far more important – to homeowners and tenants. One estimate we’ve seen quotes a massive 700,000 incidents resulting from dodgy appliances in the last year alone. So as it is Gas Safety Week, we thought we’d remind you what you should be doing to keep your property as safe as houses.
The Gas Safety Week website has a useful list of ten top tips for homeowners, which is well worth reading. But what about landlords? There are specific regulations that apply to rented properties and anyone letting a house or flat should be well aware of what they are.
As a landlord, you are legally responsible for the safety of your tenants in relation to gas safety. By law you must:
- Repair and maintain gas pipework, flues and appliances in safe condition
- Ensure an annual gas safety check on each appliance and flue
- Keep a record of each safety check
You should also keep your tenants informed about their responsibilities while they are staying in your property and encourage them to recognise the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. This is potentially fatal and there are six symptoms to watch out for which are: headache, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.
To read all the legal requirements for landlords in full go to the HSE website here.
Never try to cut costs by carrying out servicing or maintenance on gas appliances yourself – no matter how good at DIY you think you are - and don’t ignore the regulations. It could be costly with non-compliance carrying fines of up to £6000 or even imprisonment. And it could be fatal.
If you want a quick and easy way to ensure your property is compliant, why not take a closer look at our automated lettings platform PlanetRent. It makes compliance really simple and even reminds you when those all-important checks are due. You can also book services or call out engineers in an emergency, while keeping your tenants informed of progress. They even get the chance to deliver their feedback on any repairs so you can see how well your contractor did. There’s no subscription so check it out today.
Author : Maryanne Bowring
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