Have you heard of landlord gas safety inspections? In case you didn’t know yet, these are safety check of every gas appliance within a property, which is categorized as rented. The safe gas engineer performing the inspection will present a certificate with his findings after the inspection is done.
Under the UK law, any property, which is categorized as rented must have an annual gas safety inspection. This includes housing associations and local councils. A gas safety inspection is required even if the property is rented out for seven days only.
It is the duty of whoever supervises the property to organize for this inspection. Failure to comply with the regulation could result to drastic penalties.
It’s suggested that a new inspection is performed if a property is rented out to new tenants and there are still five months left before the next check is due. Doing this will ensure everything is safe. The former tenant might have tampered with the gas supply or appliances and left them in an unsafe condition.
Every gas appliance in the property should be checked for safety. That involves checking the flue of the device isn’t leaking carbon monoxide and is terminating properly.
Any gas appliance categorized as open flue must require fresh air to burn properly. That’s because not enough air will make the apparatus burn improperly and the productions of combustion could enter the room rather than terminating up the flue.
Every safety device on the appliance must be checked to ensure they’re working properly, as a gas tightness test must be performed. That is checked at the gas meter. Further, the test will display any gas leaks in the property.
After the inspection is done, two copies of the certificate will be provided. One must be left along with the tenant, and the other copy goes to the landlord or property management.
The landlord will have thirty days to fix any faults. That will vary on the severity of the failure. The gas supply to that appliance will be made safe and disconnected if the defect is categorized as immediately dangerous.
Property owners by law, need to ensure the property they are letting out is safe for tenants.
Are you a tenant in the UK? Then make sure you always perform a landlord gas safety certificate Fareham test.