Every landlord is required by law, under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations of 1998, to make sure that all gas or LPG appliances, fittings and associated flues installed in their rental properties are safe.
If you are a landlord, the easiest way for you to make sure that you are meeting the necessary requirements is to book an annual gas safety check by a Gas Safe registered engineer. At the end of the gas safety check, you will receive a Landlord Gas Safety Certificate, which lets any potential tenants know that you are fulfilling your legal obligation for gas safety in that property.
If a landlord fails to meet the legal requirements for gas safety, they are liable for severe penalties and criminal prosecution. If a tenant is harmed due to a failure on the landlord’s part to secure proper gas safety checks then a criminal court can impose unlimited fines, while if a death occurs as a result of negligence through gas safety, the landlord can be charged with manslaughter. A majority of insurance providers also stipulate that if there is not a current landlord gas safety certificate for a rental property, then any insurance policy that you hold for the property will be considered invalid. For these reasons it is important to make sure that you hold a current Gas Safety Certificate for all of your rental properties.
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