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Gas Safety Week - Your Responsibilities

Thursday 12 September 2019

Propertymark are proud to support Gas Safety Week 2019. It is important for landlords and tenants to know their responsibilities when it comes to gas safety in their properties. Here is a reminder of your duties, meaning tenants are safe and you not breaking the law.

Landlord gas safety

It is the landlord’s legal obligation to ensure their property is gas safe, not the responsibility of the tenant or letting agent. Make sure you are fulfilling all your duties, including:

  • Using a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer for all maintenance, repairs and checks.
  • Maintaining all gas pipework, appliances and flues to be safe for tenants.
  • Arranging annual safety checks for every gas appliance and flue in your tenants’ property with a qualified Gas Safety engineer.
  • Providing your tenants with a Gas Safety Record within 28 days of the safety check being completed, or to a new tenant before they move in.
  • Keeping a copy of the Gas Safety Record for the property for at least two years, or until two further Gas Safety checks have taken place at the property.
  • Making sure any gas equipment in the property, including any left by previous tenants, are safe or removed before letting the property out to new tenants.

To find a Gas Safe engineer near you and for more information, visit: www.gassaferegister.co.uk

Tenant gas safety

Your landlord will be responsible for most gas safety in your property, but there are still responsibilities you will need to be aware of as a tenant.

  • Check your own gas appliances every year. If you have brought your own gas appliance into the property, then it will be your responsibility to have it checked every year, not the landlord’s.
  • Get the Gas Safety record from your landlord. If you haven’t received the record before you move in or when the inspection has been made, then ask for it. If your landlord refuses to provide it, you can complain to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
  • Always check that any engineer coming to the property is Gas Safe Registered by asking to see their ID when they arrive. You can also check on the Gas Safe Register site.
  • You should also check the engineer is qualified for the type of gas work they are undertaking. Again, this can be checked by looking at their ID or on the Gas Safe Register.
  • Be aware of the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.
  • Make sure any carbon monoxide detector in your property is still working. Your landlord or letting agent should prove they are working on the day you move in. Inform them immediately if you think they have stopped working.
  • If you think any of the property’s gas appliances aren’t working correctly, inform your landlord or letting agent as soon as possible.

For more advice, visit the Gas Safety Register website. If you’re a landlord and want to learn more about your health and safety responsibilities, read our online guide.

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