FILE - Gas Safety in Rental Properties
of Wood burning Stoves in the news - January 2013 More
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Health & Safety Executive have launched a new website which gives all sorts of
up to date information on Gas Safety
Information on this here
A guide to landlordsí duties: Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998
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Record for Scottish Landlord
health and safety Excecutive continue to prosecute landlords for nreaching the
requirements of the Gas safety Regulations. In the latest case a Glasgow landlord,
Mohammed Aslam was convicted fined £800 after an investigation found
that a gas fire in a house that he owned failed a smoke spillage test and was
not properly sealed to the vall - nor had it been maintained within the proceeding
12 months. Anyone who carries out work on gas appliances must be on the Gas safety
Register. Source NLA UK Landlord July/August 2011
fire safety standards in Wales
landlord in north Wales has been fined £5,015 for failing to bring
a block of flats he owned up to a suitable safety standard. North Wales Fire and
Rescue brought the case against Mr D C Lloyd who owned a medium sized block of
flats in Saltney Ferry. Mold Magistrates heard that Mr Lloyd had not complied
with an enforcement notice to carry out work that would ensure the property achieved
a suitable fire safety standard. He was found guilty of failure to carry out a
suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment, failure to adequately maintain the
fire alarm system and failure to adequately maintain the emergency lighting system.
Source NLA UK Landlord July/August 2011
Hefty fine for letting hazardous house
landlord has been fined £30,000 and given a six month suspended sentence
for letting a dangerous and sub-standard house in Coventry. A statutory notice
was served by Coventry City Council officials following an inspection of the property
which revealed numerous hazards including severe damp, mould, electrical problems
and inadequate cooking facilities. The landlord Steven Boote, was also reported
for failing to provide a gas safety certificate.
Boote pleaded not guilty to three separate charges (failing to comply with gas
regulations and failing to comply with an improvement notice) when he appeared
in court recently. He told the magistrates that his contractors were refused access
to carry out the repairs. However the court heard that at no occasion were any
appointments made with the tenant and that visits were unannounced. The magitrate
said it was perfectly reasonable for the tenant to be out when these unannounced
attempts were made. Dharminder Brainch prosecuting officer for Coventry City Council,
said Mr Boote had shown a total disregard for his tenant.s safety.Source NLA
UK Landlord July/August 2011
Landlord neglects gas safety duties
landlord, Peter Brown of Waterlooville, was fined £11,500 recently
for putting tenants' safety at risk. Portsmouth City Council had responded to
a complaint about damp and mould at the property in Portsea and also discovered
there were bo gas safety records in place.
case went to Portsmouth Magistrates after Mr Brownfailed to provide the records
for gas appliances at the property. Pleading guilty to breaching Gas Safety Regulations
and failing to comply with an improvement notice. Mr Brown was fined £11,500
and ordered to pay costs of £4,500. He was also ordered by the court to
provide a gas safety check record for the property within two months.Source
NLA UK Landlord July/August 2011
replaces Corgi from April 2009
almost twenty years, Corgi has been in charge of making sure that homes meet gas
safety standards with its registered engineers. In April of 2009, the Capita Company
will take over for the Corgi Company as the official gas safety protocol company
for the Health and Safety Executive office
Safe Registerô will be the new name and the official stamp
for gas safety in Great Britain. Capita has signed a ten year contract with
and Safety Executive (HSE)
name carries with it a simple message; gas, safe, register Ė keep gas safe.As
well as being the identity for the register, Gas Safe Register will be used for
a range of gas safety campaigns, so you will start to see it more and more Ė itís
here to stay. Gas Safe Register will be held in trust by the Health and Safety
Executive and will remain the official stamp for gas safety in Great Britain.
More information at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk
Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations, which took account of the special
concerns relating to privately let property, were introduced in 1994. These were
subsequently superseded by the current regulations, the Gas Safety (Installation
and Use) Regulations 1998. The duties of landlords are contained in Regulation
of the most dangerous gases is carbon monoxide (CO). In particular, CO is generated
by the combustion of wood or coal (in all its forms) fires and in the flue gases
of gas appliances (town gas, natural gas or bottled gas).
Gas Safety Regulations set out certain prescriptions about the types of gas appliance
that may be fitted in sleeping accommodation as well as bathrooms or shower rooms.
These appliance prescriptions apply to all accommodation, not only the private
rented sector. Landlord duties for LPG appliances are the same as for natural
duties apply to a wide range of accommodation, occupied under a lease or licence
, which includes, but not exclusively:
premises provided for rent by local authorities, housing associations, private
sector landlords, housing co-operatives, hostels
let in bed-sit accommodation, private households, bed and breakfast accommodation
holiday accommodation such as chalets, cottages, flats, caravans and narrow boats
on inland waterways.
Landlord has a duty under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998
to arrange maintenance by a
Safe Register -registered installer for
all pipe work, appliances and flues, which they own and have provided for their
tenants use. The Landlord must also arrange for an annual gas safety check to
be carried out every 12 months by a Gas
Safe Register - registered installer.
The Landlord must keep a record of the safety check for 2 years and issue a copy
to each existing tenant within 28 days of the check being completed and issue
a copy to any new tenants before they move in.
agents to manage properties need to ensure that
the management contract clearly specifies who is responsible for carrying out
the maintenance and safety check duties and keeping associated records. If the
contract specifies that the agent has
responsibility then the same duties under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use)
Regulations 1998 that apply to a landlord apply to the agent.
this situation an agent must arrange maintenance by a Gas
Safe Register -registered
installer for all pipe work, appliances and flues, which the landlord owns and
provides for the tenants use. You must also arrange for an annual gas safety check
to be carried out every 12 months by a CORGI- registered installer. You must keep
a record of the safety check for 2 years and issue a copy to each existing tenant
within 28 days of the check being completed and issue a copy to any new tenants
before they move in.
(Health and Safety Executive) strongly
recommends the use of CO alarms as one useful precaution to give tenants advance
warning of CO in the property.
Appliances in Bedrooms
a gas appliance is installed in a bedroom, only the following types are permitted:
room-sealed appliances of less than 14 kilowatts output (this applies to typical
domestic gas room heaters and gas water heaters), if they are fitted with a device
that switches them off when a dangerous level of fumes is building up (often referred
to as an oxygen depletion sensor); most gas fires now marketed have such a device.
appliances (balanced flue).
hot water heaters of a room-sealed type, or fitted with a dangerous fumes sensor
which will switch them off.
Appliances in Bathrooms
a room-sealed appliance can be installed in a bathroom or shower room.
many sitations where there is a 3 bedroom semi detached house with separate lounge
and dining room, these types of properties are often let out to 3 sharers. The
dining room or lounge will therefore often become the 4th bedroom and could easily
have a gas fire or back boiler and before a letting takes place the gas inspector
should be advised of the situation to ensure it is safe.
that should be done between tenancies
to the HSE
a Landlord or an agent must visually check
the property to see if the departing tenant has either removed appliances unsafely,
or alternatively left behind their own appliance, which should either be removed
or checked for safety by a Gas
Safe Register registered installer.
The opportunity should be taken to clarify appliance ownership prior to renting
the property again.
Before the property is let again the Landlord /Agent needs to ensure that all
appliances are safe and have an up to date landlord's gas safety certificate (a
copy of which needs to be given to the new tenant); it is also good practice to
arrange for the pipe work to be inspected and tested for soundness.
information at HSE Website
guide to landlordsí duties: Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998
Click on image below to download
leaflet is aimed at landlords and explains some of the main requirements of the
Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. It also gives guidance on
how to comply with them.
leaflet will also be of interest to tenants, making them aware of landlordsí duties.
Every year about 14 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by gas appliances
and flues which have not been properly installed or maintained.
others also suffer ill health. The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations
1998 specifically deal with the installation, maintenance and use of gas appliances,
fittings and flues in domestic and certain commercial premises.
place duties on certain landlords* to ensure that gas appliances, fittings and
flues provided for tenantsí use are safe. These duties to protect tenantsí safety
are in addition to the more general ones revised 03/09 that landlords have under
the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety
at Work Regulations 1999.
Safety Register Confusion - 30th July 2009
the Pain Smith Landlord and Tenant Blog the following appeared on the 30th July
Safe Register appear to be advising on their helpline that a landlord is obliged
to obtain a new gas safety certificate every time a tenancy is entered into, notwithstanding
any current gas safety certificate that is in place. This is not the position.
Landlord (or the Agent if it forms part of the terms of business) is required
to arrange the annual preparation of a gas safety certificate and ensure that
throughout any tenancy a valid gas safety certificate is in place at all times.
annual gas safety check must be carried out by a Gas Safe Registered engineer.
A record of the safety check must be kept for 2 years. A copy of the certificate
must be issued to each existing tenant within 28 days of the check being completed,
and in any event before the commencement of a tenancy.
is consistent with the advice as given on the Gas Safe Register website
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