What does Gas Safety Mean?
Gas Safety means that every appliance in rented accommodation must be checked by a registered and qualified engineer to ensure the appliance is safe for the Tenant to use.
What duties does a Landlord to a Tenant have in relation to Gas Safety?
A Landlord has a duty under the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998 to arrange maintenance by a Gas Safe registered engineer for all pipe work, appliances and flues, which they own and have provided for your use.
Your landlord must also arrange for an annual gas safety check to be carried out every 12 months by a Gas Safe registered engineer. They 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.
Do I have to give my Landlord access to carry out these checks?
You should allow access to the property to enable the gas maintenance visits and safety check to be undertaken, as it helps to keep you and your family safe. If you fail to provide access, then there are further steps your landlord can take to gain access for the gas maintenance visits and safety check to be undertaken.
If you cannot allow the Landlord access to carry out the planned safety checks it is advisable that you arrange a suitable time to allow access.
How do I complain if I don’t have a current gas safety record or certificate?
By law landlords must carry out an annual gas safety check and provide tenants with a copy of the record of that check. New tenants should receive a copy before they move in and existing tenants should get a copy within 28 days of the annual check being done you don't have a current gas safety record you can report to HSE viaform LGSR1. You can use the same form if the Landlord refuses to provide you with a record of the safety check when requested.
What if I bring my own gas appliances to the property?
If you have provided a gas appliance for your own use, then you are responsible to arrange for its maintenance by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Your Landlord is still responsible for parts of the installation and pipework of the property.
What should I do if I smell gas or am concerned about the safety of an appliance?
If you suspect there is a gas leak you should immediately do the following:
- call National Grid's Gas Emergency freephone number: 0800 111 999
- open all the doors and windows
- shut off the gas supply at the meter control valve (if you know where it is)
It is illegal for anyone to use a gas appliance if they suspect it is unsafe. Turn the appliance off and do not touch it until it has been checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer
For further information about Gas Safety take a look at the HSE Website
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