Landlord Gas Safety Checks in Llanelli
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 for landlord gas safety checks in Llanelli 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.
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If you let a property equipped with gas appliances you have three main responsibilities when it comes to landlord gas safety checks in Llanelli:
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.
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For more information, to ask any questions or for a free quotation for landlord gas safety checks in Llanelli please contact SM Rawlings Plumbing & Heating today.