Landlords have specific legal responsibilities to
their tenants when it comes to gas safety
Understanding the law for rental accommodation
As a landlord, you are responsible for the safety of your tenants.
Landlords' duties apply to a wide range of accommodation, occupied
under a lease or licence, which includes, but not exclusively:
residential premises provided for rent by local authorities,
housing associations, private sector landlords, housing co-operatives,
hostels rooms let in bed-sit accommodation, private households,
bed and breakfast accommodation and hotels rented holiday
accommodation such as chalets, cottages, flats, caravans and
narrow boats on inland waterways.
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 deal with landlords’ duties to make sure gas appliances, fittings and flues provided for tenants are safe.
If you let a property equipped with gas appliances you have three main responsibilities:
Maintenance: pipework, appliances and flues must be maintained in a safe condition. Gas appliances should be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If these are not available it is recommended that they are serviced annually unless advised otherwise by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Gas safety checks: a 12 monthly gas safety check must be carried out on every gas appliance/flue. A gas safety check will make sure gas fittings and appliances are safe to use.
Record: a record of the annual gas safety check must be provided to your tenant within 28 days of the check being completed or to new tenants before they move in. Landlords must keep copies of the gas safety record for two years.
All installation, maintenance and safety checks need to be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
If a tenant has their own gas appliance that you have not provided, then you are responsible for the maintenance of the gas pipework but not for the actual appliance.
You should also make sure your tenants know where to turn off the gas and what to do in the event of a gas emergency.
What if my tenant won't allow me access to the property?
The contract you draw up with the tenant should allow you access for any maintenance or safety check work to be carried out. You have to take ‘all reasonable steps’ to ensure this work is carried out, and this may involve giving written notice to a tenant requesting access, and explaining the reason. Keep a record of any action, in case a tenant refuses access and you have to demonstrate what steps have been taken.
Visit the HSE website for more information about landlords' responsibility for gas safety.
What if I'm only renting my property for a short period of time?
Even if a property is only rented for a short period of time, perhaps only a week as a holiday home, you are still a landlord and have specific duties for gas safety.
Landlord Gas Safe Certyficate
DON’T BE FOOLED BY CHEAP LANDLORD’S GAS SAFETY CERTIFICATE
Please find for your reference a list of the required procedures a gas safe registered engineer has to undertake when carrying out a gas safety certification to a property
Gas Pipework and Fittings
A visual inspection of all gas pipework and fittings throughout the property where accessible.
A gas tightness test of the gas pipework and emergency control valve.
Inspection of gas meter.
Inspection and operation of emergency control valve (ECV).
Electrical bonding to ensure electrical continuity present to gas pipework.
Visual Inspection of each appliance.
Inspection of gas Isolation points to each appliance.
Operational checks to each appliance to include controls.
Operational pressure/burner pressure to each appliance
Checking each appliance is burning gas properly (Flame Picture).
Safety devices fitted to each appliance and operational.
No signs of any spillage or distress to each appliance.
Flues and Ventilation
Visual inspection of flues.
Checking there is adequate supply of fresh air to each appliance including any vents fitted and there operation.
Visual inspection of all flue terminals where accessible.
Flues in voids NB* (New Regulation) every change of direction of a flue needs to have an inspection hatch fitted so all connections to a flue can be checked.
CO2 otherwise known as gas analysis CPA1 as of 1st April 2012 needs to be complied with on each appliance that operates gas.
Southampton Landlord gas Safety Certificate