Gas Safety Responsibilities For Landlords
As a landlord, you have many responsibilities to your tenants. When it comes to gas safety responsibilities, this includes ensuring all the gas appliances in your property, such as ovens, refrigerators, and boilers, are correctly installed and maintained.
When you don’t regularly check gas appliances in your property, the threat of fire, explosions, and carbon monoxide poisoning pose serious risks to your tenants’ safety.
Carbon monoxide, often referred to as the “silent killer”, is a fatal gas that can go unnoticed as it has no smell or taste.
To ensure your tenants remain healthy and happy, you’ll need to comply with the relevant regulations for gas safety.
As a landlord with gas appliances in your properties, you’ve got three primary legal responsibilities:
1. Gas safety checks
All gas appliances, fittings, chimneys, and flues need to undergo an annual gas safety check to keep tenants safe.
Legally, you should always employ a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer to carry out your gas safety checks.
During a gas safety check, your engineer will check that all gas appliances are:
- Properly set and adjusted, so gas burns correctly
- Suitable for the room they’re located in
- Physically stable, securely fitted, and properly connected to the gas pipework
Your engineer will also make sure:
- There’s an adequate air supply that’s suitable for the appliance installed
- All safety devices are functioning
- Any flues, chimneys, and air vents are operating correctly
Once completed, you’ll get a Landlord Gas Safety Record (LGSR) with details of all the checks your engineer carried out.
2. Gas safety certificates
Once your safety check is complete, you’ll receive a gas safety certificate.
A gas safety certificate confirms that a qualified engineer has checked your appliances for safety. The certificate will include a list of the various tests your engineer carried out during the assessment.
This record can be helpful for legal reasons – especially if you want to avoid large fines! Should anything go wrong, you have proof that you carried out a safety check and that all gas appliances were operating safely.
Tenants can request to see their home’s gas safety record at any time, so don’t forget to give them their own copy.
3. Regular maintenance
Legally, you’ll need to carry out gas safety checks for your property every 12 months. This is the key to ensuring that all gas pipework, appliances, chimneys and flues are safe.
You should give a copy of the gas safety certificate to the tenants for their records within four weeks of the check. You should provide any new tenants with a copy before they move in.
It’s best to give your current tenants reasonable notice when a check is due, and you can’t ask that it’s at a convenient time.
If, at any point between inspections, you or your tenants believe there may be a gas leak in your property, seek professional help immediately. Signs of a gas leak include:
- The smell of sulphur or rotten eggs
- Hissing or whistling sounds
- Bubbles in water
- Dead or dying plants
- Physical symptoms of natural gas poisoning
- Higher-than-normal gas usage
What are a tenant’s gas safety responsibilities?
If tenants bring their own gas appliances when moving in, they’re responsible for these items.
This means arranging annual safety inspections to have them checked. However, as a landlord, you are still responsible for any flues, pipework or chimneys these appliances are connected to.
Many landlords send annual reminders to their tenants to have gas safety checks carried out on their appliances.
Others will include their tenants’ appliances when having gas safety maintenance conducted on flues, pipework or chimneys in the property. How you handle this will be entirely up to you.
Overall, a routine gas safety check for your rental home is a quick, easy and efficient way to ensure your tenants’ well-being and peace of mind.
Want to understand your full set of landlord responsibilities? Read our other blog, “Landlord safety certificates: How to avoid fines and stay compliant.”
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