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  • Technology

    Gas safety in a rental property



    Welcome to Day 3 of "Tenancy Compliance Week" 2017, powered by Upad Basic, a new service from Upad that assists landlords in being compliant.

    Upad Basic offers landlords advertising on Rightmove, Zoopla and Prime Location for just £45. Enquiries can be managed through an online account and email queries will be answered by Upad’s Customer Care team within 48 hours.

    Upad Basic also includes the Tenancy Compliance Service: landlords upload legally required documents including EPC, Gas Safety Certificate, Deposit Protection Certificate and Prescribed Information to their online account. Finally, Upad provides the Gov.uk How to Rent Guide and serves to tenants in one combined document with proof of service.

    Today, Upad Basic delves into the importance of gas safety in rented properties.

    Back in 2015, the Gas Safe Register website said,

    “Gas Safe Register has found dangerous gas appliances lurking in one in six of the 142,000 homes it has inspected in the past five years. These dangers have led to six deaths and more than 300 injuries in the last year alone.”

    Gas safety may seem like yet another legislation hoop to jump through but the implications of not ensuring safety of gas appliances are too much of a risk to ignore. Here’s what landlords need to do:

    1. Maintain pipework, flues and gas appliances in a safe condition
    2. Ensure an annual gas safety check is carried out on all gas appliances and flues
    3. Keep a record of the annual gas safety check
    4. Provide a copy of the gas safety record to your tenants (before they move in at the start of a new tenancy and within 28 days of subsequent checks)

    The responsibility lies with landlords to ensure the gas safety check is carried out, and a Gas Safe Registered Engineer must conduct the check. It is important to note that this may not be your usual gas man or plumber that deals with your regular gas maintenance issues; check that they’re registered and legally able to perform the gas safety check.

    Whilst it’s not a landlord’s legal responsibility to check any gas appliances the tenant has brought into the property are gas safe, it might be a good idea to ask tenants if they are happy for the engineer to check their appliances too. After all, if a tenant’s gas appliance is unsafe and causes the house to catch fire, landlords will have the stress of claiming on building insurance to fund the repairs later.

    Make sure tenants are aware that access must be allowed for a gas safety check as it’s a legal responsibility and for their own safety.

    Catch up:

    Monday - Launch of Upad Basic

    Tuesday - How to protect a tenant's deposit correctly

    Find out more about Upad Basic 

    SEE ALSO  -         Gas Safety Register launches free annual gas safety reminder service

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    It can be an uphill battle with a small number of customers

    But we just have to keep at this issue its very important

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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

    A buy-to-let landlord has been given a suspended prison sentence, instructed to undertake community service and ordered to pay almost £6,500 after pleading guilty to breaches of gas safety.

    Newcastle-under-Lyme Magistrates’ Court heard that following a complaint from a tenant, an Improvement Notice was issued to landlord David Corry by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for failing to present a Landlords Gas Safety Record.

    ​Full/source article

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    "It is important to note that this may not be your usual gas man or plumber that deals with your regular gas maintenance issues; check that they’re registered and legally able to perform the gas safety check."

    I'm somewhat confused: Does this mean that the gas safe engineer who does all my plumbing  /gas work is not allowed to do the gas safety checks ?

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    This issue is referred to in this video:



    The back of the card would need to say "gas safety check" for the engineer to be qualified.

    More info here.

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