Gas safety for landlords - how to take care of your home and tenant

By Matthew Daines

Gas safety for landlords: What you and your tenants need to do

As a landlord, property legislation puts a duty of care for your tenants firmly on your shoulders. Therefore, if you are renting out accommodation featuring gas appliances or fittings, you will have to follow very strict legal guidelines regarding gas safety for landlords to keep your tenants safe and minimise any dangers.

Gas safety for landlords: your responsibility

Under the Gas Safety Regulations 2015, landlords renting out a property with gas fittings have several legal responsibilities that must be adhered to.

Appliances and boiler maintenance

You are responsible for keeping all appliances, pipework and flues in safe working order. This means repeated servicing, at least once per year or more frequently if instructed by the manufacturer.

The servicing must only be handled by a fully registered Gas Safe engineer. Unfortunately, unqualified gas fitters do a quarter of a million illegal jobs every year. If you’re at the property when the engineer arrives, be sure to check both sides of their Gas Safe Register ID card to confirm that they’re qualified.

Annual gas safety checks

As a landlord, you are responsible for running an annual safety check on the gas in your property. Again, this must only be done by a Gas Safe engineer.

Every private landlord is responsible for keeping a strict, clear record of their annual Gas Safety Certificate. This should be presented to new tenants prior to signing a contract to stay on your property. These records must be kept for at least two years after each check.

If you don’t have a valid Gas Safety Certificate, you will not be able to issue a Section 21 to your tenant. More importantly, a Gas Safety Certificate is fundamental to the safety of your tenant and should be prioritised by every landlord.

Keep track of all your landlord responsibilities using our Landlord Checklist:

Gas safety for landlords: your tenant’s responsibilities

While landlords are responsible for any gas fittings on site and any gas appliances they install for the tenants to use, they are not responsible for gas appliances the tenants bring with them to the property.

Do be aware, however, should your tenants be using their own gas appliances, you are still accountable for the safety of the fittings and pipework used to power them.

Make sure when you draw up your tenancy agreement that you add a clause stating the tenant must allow you access to the property in order to carry out essential maintenance and checks to ensure gas safety. If you have not done this and your tenant is refusing you access, keep a full, detailed record of this to show authorities that you have taken all reasonable steps to keep your property gas safe.

Gas safety is one of your key responsibilities as a landlord. Be sure you know the full extent of what you need to do before you start renting.

Gas safety for landlords: carbon monoxide

Everyone understands why we need smoke detectors in our homes, but not everybody is aware of the importance of carbon monoxide alarms.

Any rental property that has a solid fuel appliance, such as a log burner or open working fire, must have a carbon monoxide detector. Along with the smoke alarms, a carbon detector must be checked on the first day that the tenant moves in.

Unsafe gas appliances exposure your tenant to carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide poisoning is extremely dangerous – but shockingly, only 5% people are aware of the symptoms:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Tiredness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Headaches
  • Stomach pains

Keep your tenants safe

To book your annual Gas Safety Inspection with a certified Gas Safe engineer, visit our website today. An annual Gas Safety Certificate costs just £79 inc. VAT and an additional boiler service costs just £40 (inc. VAT).

About Matthew Daines

Matthew DainesAs COO of LettingaProperty.com since 2011, Matthew holds a dual role in management and operations. His strategic, focused and goal orientated experience in achieving results within international, high-profile organisations adds to LettingaProperty.com’s continual success and innovation within the private rental sector.

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