We are sure you are all familiar with the procedure, but just as a refresher; as a landlord, you are responsible for the safety of your tenants and in accordance with The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 you must ensure that all gas appliances at your properties are safe and checked annually by a registered Gas Safety Engineer. You have three main responsibilities:

Maintenance: You must ensure that all appliances, pipework and flues are maintained in a safe condition. All gas appliances should ideally be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. In practice, it is not uncommon for the manufacturer’s instructions to have gone missing and, if this is the case, the appliances should be serviced annually unless advised otherwise by a registered engineer.

Gas safety checks: A gas safety check must be carried out every 12 months on every gas appliance/flue.

Record: Once the annual gas safety check has been completed, a record must be provided to your tenant within 28 days of completion of the check or to new tenants before they move in. Landlords must also keep copies of the gas safety record for two years.

Criminal penalties can be brought for failure of a landlord to provide a gas safety certificate. Penalties include fines and or imprisonment (the Health & Safety Executive would prosecute).

In order to comply with this legislation, we have pioneered an innovative procedure which entices tenants who may not respond to initial contact from their landlord to swiftly organise the necessary inspection.