According to British Gas, investors and landlords are putting tenants’ lives at risk and could face a substantial fine for flouting gas safety law. A survey shows that one in five part-time landlords, people whose rental properties are not their main source of income, has either failed to have a gas safety check carried out on their property in the last year, or has used a contractor who is not Gas Safe registered.
All landlords, including those who provide short-term lets, have a legal responsibility to carry out an annual gas safety check of their property. They are required to use a Gas Safe registered engineer, and for the check to be recorded on a Landlord Gas Safety Certificate, for Assured Shorthold Tenancies a copy must be given to the tenant.
Gas safety checks pick up a range of problems including faulty boilers and are vital in helping to prevent gas leaks, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.
The survey shows that 35 per cent of landlords are unaware of their obligations over gas.
Almost 40 per cent of those surveyed are unaware that gas safety checks are a legal requirement or that they are obliged to have a valid Gas Safety Certificate (CP12). More than a quarter of landlords surveyed have no idea a gas safety check should be annual.
At Wilson Tominey where we let a property, whether managed or tenant find only we ensure there is a Landlord Gas Safe in place at the commencement of the tenancy. Where we manage we then remind the landlord annually and arrange the necessary inspection and certificate, for as little as £42 (including VAT).
Landlords can also arrange heating cover which usually includes a Landlord Gas Safe with the annual boiler service, we have several local contractors who offer this service at competitive rates, this gives landlords additional peace of mind in the event of boiler failure.
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