Change to Landlords Gas Safety Records

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.

Carbon monoxide and smoke detector regulations from October 2015

Working alarms save lives – in the event of a fire in your home you are at least four times
more likely to die if there is no working smoke alarm.

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 have been
approved by parliament and came into force as planned on 1 October 2015. Private
sector landlords are required from 1 October 2015 to have at least one smoke alarm
installed on every storey of their properties and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room
containing a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. a coal fire, wood burning stove). After that,
the landlord must make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each new
tenancy.

The requirements will be enforced by local authorities who can impose a fine of up to
£5,000 where a landlord fails to comply with a remedial notice.

Get your gas appliances safety checked every year.

Gas appliances that are left unchecked could be dangerous and leaking carbon monoxide.

All of your gas appliances, including your gas boiler, gas cooker and gas fire should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly according to manufacturer’s instructions. If you do not have your gas appliances regularly serviced and safety checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer you could be putting you and your family at risk and in possible danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.

What is a gas safety check?

A gas safety check involves a Gas Safe registered engineer inspecting your gas appliances. They will check the appliance is working correctly and will check the following four areas:

  • Gas appliances are on the right setting and burning correctly with the correct operating pressure
  • Harmful gases are being removed from the appliance safely to the air outside
  • That any ventilation routes are clear and working properly
  • All the safety devices are working

The check will identify any defects which require remedial work. You should have a gas safety check every year. If you are a landlord this is the law.

Portable Appliance Testing

Portable appliance testing (PAT) is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use. Most electrical safety defects can be found by visual examination but some types of defect can only be found by testing. However, it is essential to understand that visual examination is an essential part of the process because some types of electrical safety defect can’t be detected by testing alone.

A relatively brief user check (based upon simple training and perhaps assisted by the use of a brief checklist) can be a very useful part of any electrical maintenance regime. However, more formal visual inspection and testing by a competent person may also be required at appropriate intervals, depending upon the type of equipment and the environment in which it is used.