In this three-minute read, we look at why landlords MUST take gas safety very seriously.
Today sees the tenth annual Gas Safety Week begin.
The awareness campaign is timed to get people thinking about and checking their gas appliances as the autumn chill starts to take hold.
Gas Safety Week’s goal is to raise awareness among homeowners and landlords about the crucial importance of having their gas appliances serviced every year.
And while homeowners don’t legally need an annual gas safety certificate – landlords do.
You cannot lawfully start a tenancy unless a gas safety check has been carried out and a certificate (sometimes called a landlord’s gas safety record) issued, to show everything is in good working order.
The penalties for being caught without one are severe, as they should be.
They can include:
Up to £6000 in fines.
Six months in prison.
Court action from a tenant who is suing for civil damages.
In the worst-case scenario, criminal charges if death or injury is caused by faulty gas appliances.
What responsible landlords can do
Gas Safety Week reminds people of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can lead to gas leaks, fires, and carbon monoxide poisoning. All of which can kill.
Here are four simple steps you can do to keep you and your tenants gas safe.
1) Have your gas appliances checked every 12 months. No excuses. A good letting agent who manages your property will get this organised for you.
2) Verify that any engineer you employ is Gas Safe registered (previously called CORGI). Gas Safe engineers work to a set standard and are tested regularly. Again, this is something we can do for you under our fully managed package.
3) Check your engineer’s Gas Safe ID card. Any engineer worthy of employing will have no issue showing you this, and you can verify it online with the Gas Safe Register. Guess what? We do this on behalf of our landlords who use our fully managed service.
4) Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm and test it regularly – this is a potential lifesaver and enshrined by law.
When it comes to anything gas related in your rental property, it’s always wise to think ‘if in doubt get it checked out’.
How safe is AREA?
The Gas Safe Register website has a map which shows all the dangerous gas appliances that have been found in Oxfordshire. It’s a map no self-respecting landlord wants to be on. To check it out, visit https://www.staygassafe.co.uk/
The demand for gas safety and heating engineers’ surges in October and November as boilers and heaters start firing up after the summer lull.
So, with that in mind, book your home’s appointment with a Gas Safe registered engineer in advance and beat the rush and subsequent delays.
Thanks for reading and keep yourselves safe and your tenants.
We’re here to help landlords in Oxfordshire any way we can. So, if you have questions you want answering, or problems you need solving, contact us today.