Who Is Responsible For Gas Safety Check
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If you are a landlord or a tenant, you may be asking: who is responsible for gas safety check? We look at the responsibilities of landlords for ensuring the safety of rental properties.
If you're a landlord and you're wondering who is responsible for a gas safety check, this article is for you. We will outline what should be done, how often it should be done and where your legal requirement stops.
The health and safety of your tenants should be the number one priority, and there are small yet significant steps you can take to do this.
Who Is Responsible For Gas Safety Check?
As a tenant, when you're in a property, you find yourself questioning whose responsibility it is to perform certain tasks. Cleaning and maintaining the property is your job, to a degree, alongside reporting any major damage immediately. However, when it comes to performing gas, electrical and other safety checks, who is responsible for such a task?
The short answer is the landlord is responsible for the safety of the tenants with every part of the house. This extends to gas safety, and tenants are liable for a fine if they are not housing a safe environment. This includes the fixing and repairing of pipework and annual gas safety checks.
Landlords cannot be performing these checks and inspections themselves, as they are not qualified to do so. A Gas Safe registered engineer will be needed, and an ID card can prove this on the day of arrival. This is recommended as most appliances require a Gas Safe registered engineer to perform any inspections and repair, and going against this can make any warranty on that appliance void.
These checks must be carried out annually, as appliances in your home can become less efficient and potentially begin leaking dangerous gases into the air of your home. A gas appliance can produce carbon monoxide, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Symptoms will not be dissimilar to the flu, to begin with, but can lead to seizures, loss of consciousness and even death.
Carbon monoxide cannot be smelt or tasted when released, so you could be breathing it in right now. Getting this check can be inexpensive and not take as much time as you believe but is incredibly essential. Getting a gas safety certificate in your property as a landlord is one of the most important things you should do before getting tenants in.
Who needs Gas Safety Checks?
Getting your gas appliances maintained and inspected annually doesn't just pertain to private households. The same is needed by:
- Boarding Schools
- Public Schools
- Hotels, B&Bs and Hostels
- Local authorities
- Housing associations
- Businesses & Company buildings
Any building that houses people, regardless of size or regularity, should receive a gas safety check. If the gas appliance in question isn't near the main socialising room, then this should still be done, and neglecting to do so can result in bodily harm to guests and a fine.
Even if you find yourself owning an empty property, you must still arrange an annual gas safety check. This is because the property may be neighbouring other houses and can pose a risk to them, and any potential tenants who will move in need the reassurance of a recent inspection.
Any issues reported after the check, regardless of whether tenants are inside the property or not, it is your legal requirement to repair and replace the problem as soon as possible. If a certain appliance proves unsafe to tenants, you must report this to them and ensure it is not used until the issue has been rectified. Failure to get a gas safe engineer to fix the issue can lead to a fine.
What needs to be maintained?
A gas safety check should involve all gas appliances and flues within the property. Flues are pipes and ducts involved in gas supply and transport and mustn't be ignored when looking for any damages or breakages. As stated, regardless of the proximity to the areas where people sleep, eat and relax, the appliances must be checked. If the central heating system is installed in another neighbouring property but is used to heat any tenant accommodation, this should also be inspected.
During the inspection, the physical condition of the appliances and pipework will be done, alongside looking for any flue deterioration. This can lead to gas inefficiency, higher bills, and a leak of gas into the room. A gas leak can make you feel nauseous, dizzy and lightheaded, but can also manifest physically in pale skin or blisters. If you continue to be exposed to this gas, then you can become unconscious or die. Since natural gas doesn't produce an odour, it can be hard to detect without a gas safe engineer on the property. No hissing sound of gas erupting from a pipe may be audible either.
After the initial inspection, the gas safe engineer will perform some performance tests to ensure that your central heating system and other gas appliances are working correctly and efficiently. Just because a system is safe and not producing any carbon monoxide doesn't mean it's doing your bills any wonders.
What are your landlord responsibilities for gas safety?
Regardless of the type of landlord you are, be it short-term, long-term, in individual rooms, holiday homes or entire residential properties, you are someone who owns rental properties. As you're aware, as a landlord, you are responsible for the duty of care of any tenants your property holds. This is part of the agreement you sign into, and to fulfil your part of this, you should keep the house in good condition.
You should be organising with the gas company to have an engineer come to the property and ensure that these checks are done annually and whenever a problem arises. It is not the responsibility of the gas company.
Your three primary legal obligations are:
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