It is a landlord’s responsibility for all aspects of gas safety within their property portfolio.
These duties generally apply to appliances and flues provided for tenants’ use in property occupied for residential purposes leased for under seven years.
As a landlord you are required to:
- Ensure gas fittings and flues are maintained in a safe condition. Gas appliances should be serviced in accordance with manufacturer recommendations. If these are not available it is recommended that the appliance is serviced annually unless advised otherwise by a Gas Safe registered engineer
- Ensure an annual safety check is carried out on each gas appliance. Before a new lease on a property can begin, you must ensure these checks have been carried out within one year before the start of the lease date, unless the appliances in the property have been installed for less than 12 months. In this case they should be checked within 12 months of their installation date
- All installation, maintenance and safety checks carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer
- keep a record of each safety check for at least two years
- A copy of the latest safety check record must be provided to existing tenants within 28 days of the check being completed, or to any new tenant before they move in.
Additional information – Safety devices
The Health and safety executive in the United Kingdom strongly recommends the use of CO2 alarms, which will give tenants advance warning of CO2 in the property.
From October 2015 Landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties. The move will help prevent up to 26 deaths and 670 injuries a year.
It is advisable to use a gas engineer to fit CO2 alarm systems to ensure it is fitted in the correct position and meets legal requirements.