As of 6 April 2018, there has been an amendment to Regulation 36 of the Gas Safety Regulations 1998.
This change allows Landlords’ Gas Safety Records (LGSRs) to be carried out with a more flexible ‘MOT-style’ schedule, giving landlords the option for greater flexibility in carrying out regulatory annual gas safety checks allowing more efficient scheduling.
Landlords gas safety records are a legal requirement for all rented properties
Under the new scheme, gas checks can be completed up to two calendar months before the anniversary of the previous check whilst retaining the existing expiry date.
To benefit from this new flexibility and retain the deadline date, the landlord will have to demonstrate that they have complied with the law and carried out the gas safety checks within the required timescales. The record will need to be kept until two further gas safety checks have been carried out.
Where a landlord cannot provide the necessary audit trail/documentation, including the two previous gas safety records, the expiry date of the current gas safety check will be taken as 12 months from the date of the last gas safety check.
Landlords are not obligated to implement the new scheme, however it does offer significant advantages.
In summary with the introduction of the new regulation 36A from 6 April 2018 landlords will be able to have gas safety checks carried out any time from 10 to 12 calendar months after the previous check but still retain the original deadline date as if the check had been carried out exactly 12 months after the previous check. If they decide to operate in this way then it will be necessary to hold records as mentioned above.
The LGSR cannot be carried out more than 2 months before and nor can it be carried out after the due date.