GAS SAFETY REGULATION: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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 NOTIFICATION TO LANDLORDS

THE GAS SAFETY (INSTALLATION & USE) REGULATIONS 1998

 


1. WHAT DOES THIS LEGISLATION SAY?

 

This legislation places a legal duty on you as a Landlord to ensure that the approved Code of Practice under these Regulations are met, the regulations state that:

 

  1. All gas appliances and supplies owned by a landlord must be checked for safety every 12 months and an appropriate certificate obtained and any repairs noted are carried out.
  2. Gas appliances and supplies must be kept in good and safe working order.
  3. All safety checks, servicing and repairs must be carried out by a Gas Safe registered contractor.
  4. The Safety Check must be retained for 2 years from the date of the check.
  5. The record of the check must contain the following information:
  • The date on which the appliance was checked.
  • The address of the premises at which the appliance is installed.
  • The name and address of the Landlord (or the Agent) of the premises.
  • A description of and the location of each appliance or flue checked.
  • Any defect identified.
  • Any remedial action taken.
  • Confirmation that the check undertaken complies with the regulations.
  • The name and signature of the individual carrying out the check.
  • The registration number, with which the individual or his employer is registered with Gas Safe
  • The record must be given to the Tenant of the premises within 28 days of the check.
  • A copy of the last safety check record must be given to Tenant(s) before they occupy the premises.

 

 

  1. WHAT APPLIANCES ARE AFFECTED?

       Boilers

       Domestic Water Heaters

       Fires

       Wall Heaters

       Cookers/Hobs/Ovens

       Gas ‘Fridges

Any fixed appliance using natural or LPG Gas owned by a Landlord

Supply Pipework & Meters

Flues

  1. WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES IF I DO NOT COMPLY?

 

Any breach of the regulations by the Landlord or, where appropriate, by the Managing Agent, is a criminal offence under Section 33 or Section 36 (1) of the Health and Safety At Work Act 1974 and which involves the offender in a potential maximum fine in the Magistrates’ Court of £5,000.

 

If a Tenant reported the matter, the prosecuting authority would be the Health and Safety Executive.   There are penalties for non-compliance.   The penalties could, of course, be far greater if a fatality occurred as a result of a breach of the Regulations and a separate, civil case was brought.

 

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