File Name: gas safety installation and use regulations 1998 .zip
As a landlord, you are responsible for the maintenance and repair of flues, appliances and pipework provided for your tenants use. Maintenance must be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer and must demonstrate the gas services to be in a safe and serviceable condition. Again this must be carried out by a Gas Safe Registered engineer.
They cover requirements for the safe installation and maintenance of gas appliances, flues, meters and pipework etc. Landlords and letting agents should be aware both of the general provisions in the Regulations e. In addition to these requirements there are detailed provisions which apply to rented property let on a tenancy or lease of less than 7 years including periodic tenancies or those which may be determined within 7 years, and to periodic tenancies arising from such tenancies. Property occupied under the terms of a licence, eg guest houses, bed and breakfast and holiday accommodation, is also covered by these regulations.
They cover requirements for the safe installation and maintenance of gas appliances, flues, meters and pipework etc. Landlords and letting agents should be aware both of the general provisions in the Regulations e. In addition to these requirements there are detailed provisions which apply to rented property let on a tenancy or lease of less than 7 years including periodic tenancies or those which may be determined within 7 years, and to periodic tenancies arising from such tenancies.
Property occupied under the terms of a licence, eg guest houses, bed and breakfast and holiday accommodation, is also covered by these regulations. The Regulations make the following main provisions in relation to rented property:.
The Regulations place a duty on the landlord to ensure that all gas appliances, flues and associated pipework are maintained in a safe condition at all times. Gas appliances and flues in rented accommodation must be checked for safety within 12 months of being installed and thereafter at least every twelve months by a competent engineer i. GasSafe registered gas installer. Since April , the annual gas safety check can now be carried out within two months before the due date and retain the existing 12 month expiry date.
A check may also be carried out up to two months after the 12 month expiry date but only once in relation to each appliance or flue and only in order to align the expiry date with another appliance check so that both appliances have the same expiry date. The safety check must be carried out by a suitably qualified technician and landlords and agents are required to furnish their tenants with a record that the test has been carried out.
The Regulations require that the gas safety check includes as a minimum , an examination of:. Before any lease commences, it must be ensured that the gas safety check has been carried out on each appliance and flue within the 12 month period before the tenancy commences, or has been or will be carried out within 12 months after the appliance or flue was installed, whichever is later.
Under these Regulations, a landlord's duty to maintain and check appliances does not apply to gas appliances which are owned by the tenant, nor to any flues that only serve such appliances although the landlord may have a duty to repair and maintain such flues under separate legislation - see s.
Appliances owned by the tenant are defined in the Regulations as those which the tenant is entitled to remove from the property. The Regulations do apply to common flues that serve both an appliance owned by the tenant and a separate appliance owned by the landlord.
The Regulations require the landlord or his agent to keep a record of safety checks on each appliance and flue. Records should be kept until there have been two further checks of the appliance or flue or, in respect of an appliance or flue that is removed from the premises, for a period of 2 years from the date of the last check of that appliance or flue.
A copy of the safety check record or certificate must be given to any new tenant before the tenant occupies the premises to which the record relates. Also, a copy of the new record must be given to each existing tenant within 28 days of the annual check.
Because the Regulations require that a copy of the record is to be given to 'each existing tenant' and 'any new tenant', this means that all tenants should receive a copy of the report within the prescribed time. Where there is no relevant gas appliance in any room that is occupied by the tenant in relevant premises eg an outhoused gas boiler , but elsewhere in the premises, the landlord may, instead of issuing a copy of the gas safety check record to each tenant, ensure that there is displayed in a prominent position in the premises a copy of the record which must contain a statement that the tenant may request and be entitled to a copy of the record from the landlord.
A landlord or agent may not contract out of his obligations under the Regulations, eg. The Regulations prohibit the installation of certain types of gas appliances in certain areas; such as a room used or intended to be used as a bathroom or sleeping accommodation see previous page. Although this is a general requirement on all properties, a landlord has additional specific duties under the Regulations to:.
This will mainly, but not extensively, affect flats and apartments built since around A "room-sealed appliance" means an appliance whose combustion system is sealed from the room in which the appliance is located and which obtains air for combustion from a ventilated uninhabited space within the premises or directly from the open air outside the premises and which vents the products of combustion directly to open air outside the premises. The restrictions on appliances in sleeping accommodation do not apply to appliances installed before 1 January A competent gas fitter will be able to advise landlords who are unsure whether specific appliances are affected in specific situations i.
In particular, the following key actions are advised:. Where part of the premises is used for non-residential purposes, any gas appliance or installation pipework exclusively in that part of the premises is not counted as a 'relevant gas appliance' and the landlords gas safety check does not apply. It is recognised that landlords may not be able to gain access to the property in all cases. Access arrangements will need to be agreed with tenants. HSE guidance states that landlords have to take "all reasonable steps" to ensure access to enable safety checks and maintenance work to be carried out; in the final analysis it is for a court to decide what comprises "all reasonable steps" in particular circumstances.
This may, for example, involve giving written notice to a tenant explaining reasons and requesting access. A record should be kept of any correspondence or other action, in case a tenant refuses access and it is necessary to demonstrate what steps have been taken.
Tenants should be strongly advised to provide access for both safety checks and maintenance work in the interests of their own safety. However, action to gain access does not involve making arrangements for forced entry into property.
Although the Regulations place duties on landlords, where an agent acts for a landlord, the agent also needs to comply with the Regulations. HSE guidance advises the agent to be sure that the management contract clearly specifies who is responsible for ensuring that the safety check and maintenance obligations are met and records are kept.
Where a breach of the Regulations is shown to arise from an act or default of a managing agent, the agent may be liable to legal action under the Regulations, regardless of whether or not separate proceedings are taken against the landlord.
The penalty for non compliance with the regulations is a substantial fine set at Level 5 of the standard scale or even imprisonment in serious cases. This summary is intended to assist landlords and letting agents to understand the effect of the regulations. It is not an authoritative interpretation - this is a matter for the courts. For more detail, you should refer to the text of the Regulations themselves.
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Back Notices Unlawful Eviction. Back Rent Arrears. Back Licences. Letting Library. For all property, the Regulations require that:all work to gas appliances and fittings shall be carried out by a competent and suitably qualified engineer who is GasSafe previously CORGI - Council for Registered Gas Installers registered. Furthermore, appliances with a gross heat output of more than 14 kilowatts installed in a room used or intended to be used as sleeping accommodation must be room-sealed and those of 14 kW or less must either be a 'room-sealed' type or incorporate a safety control device designed to shut down the appliance if there is a build-up of combustion products in the room concerned.
This includes assessing implications of any proposed work and carrying out subsequent checks, both in cases where implications for gas safety are obvious eg. The Gas Emergency Freephone Number is Rented Properties: In addition to these requirements there are detailed provisions which apply to rented property let on a tenancy or lease of less than 7 years including periodic tenancies or those which may be determined within 7 years, and to periodic tenancies arising from such tenancies.
The Regulations make the following main provisions in relation to rented property: 1. The Regulations require that the gas safety check includes as a minimum , an examination of: a the effectiveness of any flue b the supply of combustion air, c the appliance operating pressure or heat input, or where necessary, both ca if it is not reasonably practicable to examine its operating pressure or heat input or, where necessary, both , its combustion performance d the appliance operation so as to ensure its safe functioning' 3.
Although this is a general requirement on all properties, a landlord has additional specific duties under the Regulations to: check that such appliances are not installed in any room occupied or intended to be occupied as sleeping accommodation ensure that the Regulations are not contravened when a room is converted to form accommodation used or intended to be used as sleeping accommodation. In particular, the following key actions are advised: ESSENTIAL: Ensure that all gas appliances in all managed properties have been checked within the last 12 months and implement a system of annual checks and ongoing maintenance for all gas appliances and flues Maintain safety check records for all gas appliances and flues in each property, and issue a copy of this to each tenant.
Check that your gas engineer or sub-contractor is GasSafe registered and qualified to do the job Inform landlords of their obligations under the Regulations - in particular the requirements for on-going maintenance and annual safety checks on appliances. Ensure close co-operation with tenants, eg. Ensure allocation of responsibilities is clear, to avoid any possible gap in safety cover. Avoid the installation of second-hand gas appliances in rented properties and advise owners likewise. If second-hand appliances are installed, it is necessary that they are installed and checked and that any subsequent maintenance is carried out by a competent GasSafe registered installer.
Neither landlord nor agent will be responsible for gas appliances owned by the tenant s and which the tenant is entitled to take away from the property Where part of the premises is used for non-residential purposes, any gas appliance or installation pipework exclusively in that part of the premises is not counted as a 'relevant gas appliance' and the landlords gas safety check does not apply. To Top. Developed by 3cellhosting.
Note that there is no reference in the UK law or in HSE to "Landlord's gas safety certificate" - only to having a "record" of an "annual gas safety check". The regulations cover various aspects of the supply and use of gas, and qualifications and duties of people involved with doing so. Provisions of the regulations with which the public is most familiar are:. The latter requires those carrying out gas work to be " competent " and also that if they are doing gas work as an employee or self-employed person they should be "a member of a class of persons approved for the time being by the Health and Safety Executive". The "class of persons" currently means those registered with Gas Safe Register.
Having your gas appliances installed by a competent person and keeping them regularly serviced and maintained will prevent fire and explosion, the production of dangerous carbon monoxide and will ensure that your staff have a safe and comfortable working environment. The first set of regulations PUWER apply to all equipment used in the workplace, including cooking equipment. The gas safety regulations set out additional requirements for equipment using either natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas LPG and any flues or ventilation systems associated with them. You are required by law only to use a competent gas engineer to install, inspect, service, maintain or repair any gas appliance, whether you use natural gas or LPG. Yes, you can, but you must have carried out a risk assessment and identified a safe system of work and trained your staff to follow the safe system of work. Yes, kitchen ventilation is required to create a safe and comfortable working environment.
We welcome your feedback on our website and would be grateful if you would take a few minutes to complete a short survey about your experience on the site. The HSE have provided specific guidance for landlords, to help them with understanding their responsibilities during the pandemic. The Gas Safety Installation and Use Regulations outline your duties as a landlord to make sure all gas appliances, fittings, chimneys and flues are safe and working efficiently. It can also be referred to as a CP12 certificate. You can arrange for a gas safety check to be carried out any time from months after the last check, without affecting the original check expiry date. The cost of your Landlord Gas Safety check will depend on the Gas Safe registered business who carries out your annual gas safety check. We recommend getting at least three quotes from companies before arranging for the check to be carried out.
Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations as amended. 04/04/ Regulations and shall come into force on 31st October British Standards can be obtained in PDF or hard copy formats from BSI.
Currently, the Gas Safety Installation and Use Regulations provide that a landlord must carry out a gas safety check on any appliance and flue in the premises within 12 months of being installed and at intervals of not more than 12 months since it was last checked for safety. This will help Landlords who may have difficulty gaining access which could shorten the annual cycle check. Landlords will therefore not have to wait until the certificate is due to expire before carrying out a gas safety check and will be able address any potential issues regarding access at an earlier stage. In the meantime, the present legislation will continue to apply up to and including 5 April
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Practical regulatory guidance dealing with safe installation, maintenance and use of gas systems, including fittings, appliances and flues.