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:
- 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.
- Gas appliances and supplies must be kept in good and safe working order.
- All safety checks, servicing and repairs must be carried out by a Gas Safe registered contractor.
- The Safety Check must be retained for 2 years from the date of the check.
- 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.
- WHAT APPLIANCES ARE AFFECTED?
Domestic Water Heaters
Any fixed appliance using natural or LPG Gas owned by a Landlord
Supply Pipework & Meters
- 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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