It is a legal requirement that all landlords must provide their tenants with an up-to-date gas safety record.
It’s important to get your appliances regularly serviced to make sure they are working efficiently and safely. You should also have a gas safety check done on all gas fittings and appliances every year.
By law, landlords must have all gas appliances serviced regularly, normally once a year by a Gas Safe registered engineer. The Gas Safe registered engineer will provide a Gas Safety record upon completion of the check.
Landlords are responsible for all pipework, appliances and flues, which they own and have provided for their tenants to be maintained by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Landlords must also arrange for an annual gas safety check to be carried out every 12 months by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Landlords must keep a record of the safety check for 2 years and issue a copy to each existing tenant within 28 days of the check being completed and issue a copy to any new tenants before they move in.
Like a car, regular servicing maintains optimum performance and efficiency. It may be a good time to have the boiler serviced, to avoid any calls in the middle of the night, costly expenses and disruption to the tenants, thus maintaining a good relationship between landlord and tenant.
Failure to comply with the regulations may lead to prosecution, a criminal record, imprisonment and/or fines of up to £ 25,000.