Landlords and Tenants
We are extremely committed to the safe use of all gas appliances, no matter if they are installed in rented or privately owned accommodation. We welcome applications from landlords to conduct an inspection on their appliances and we offer very competitive prices. Inspections will always be conducted fully in accordance with the current Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations.
Under current legislation, any gas appliance and/or flue in any property that is owned and rented out by a landlord is subject by law to a gas safety inspection. This inspection must be carried out in accordance with the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations (Regulation 36). The requirements of this regulation are that an inspection is required to be carried out within 12 months of any appliance and/or flue installed, and further inspections are required within every twelve months thereafter.
Any remedial work that may need to be undertaken will only be commenced after such an inspection and with instruction from the landlord or landlord’s agent. No work will be carried out to exact any repairs unless such work is to safeguard the tenant or user where an appliance constitutes a danger – typically this work will only consist of disconnecting any defective appliance to prevent it’s use until such time as it can be repaired or replaced and deemed fit for use. Even then, a disconnection can only be made with the permission of the owner/landlord or landlord’s agent. It should be stressed however that should permission be refused, We are lawfully duty-bound to contact the current Gas Transporter to inform them that permission to disconnect has been denied. The most likely outcome will then mean an application to court for a Warrant of Entry to disconnect the appliance, if it is not possible to disconnect the meter from outside the dwelling.
So what does a Landlord Gas Safety Inspection include?
A Gas Safe registered engineer will check the following during a Landlord gas safety inspection:
> Check appliance for gas tightness
> Check standing and working pressure if test points are available
> Check burner pressure/gas rate against manufacturer’s data badge
> Check for satisfactory provision of all necessary ventilation
> Test flue flow to ensure removal of products of combustion
> Check operation of all flame failure devices
> Check for physical stability, presence and effectiveness of stability brackets (where applicable)
> A gas tightness test carried out of the full system (though this is not a legal requirement, we still carry this out as a matter of safety)
> Investigate any evidence of unsafe operation and report to a responsible person.