As a landlord, you are responsible for the safety of your tenants. 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.
Appliances, fittings and flues in a communal area but which may be used by tenants are also included. You are responsible for the maintenance and repair of flues, appliances and pipework provided for your tenants use; and these must be maintained by a Gas Safe Registered engineer.
Good practice would be the demonstration of regular, annual maintenance checks and subsequent repairs.
Landlords are also responsible for ensuring an annual gas safety check is carried out within 12 months of the installation of a new appliance or flue which you provide and annually thereafter by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. A record of the safety check must be kept for 2 years and a copy should be issued to each existing tenant within 28 days of the check being completed and a copy issued to any new tenants before they move in.
The importance of maintaining gas appliances should not be underestimated: the consequences can be fatal. Phillip James are committed to ensuring that all of our properties are gas safe.