Legislation update – Gas safety regulations

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Legislation update – Gas safety regulations
posted Nov 2012

Landlords have a legal obligation to provide heating that is working and safe. After the 31st December 2012 it will be compulsory for all Gas Safe Registered Engineers to be able to see and inspect boiler flues. Should the flue not be visible then it will be necessary to have an inspection hatch installed so that the engineer is able to carry out the safety check. If this is not possible the engineer will not be able to carry out any further works to the boiler or issue a Gas Safety Certificate.

Any inspection hatches must be fitted by the 31st December 2012. As from the 1st January 2013 the engineer is legally obliged to turn off boilers if the flue is not visible. The result is unhappy tenants while the matter is being sorted, best to get your engineer to check early if in doubt.

It is further advisable that landlords install a carbon monoxide alarm and adequate smoke alarms in the tenanted property. Carbon monoxide kills if left undetected.

The problem with carbon monoxide is that it is invisible and has no smell.

For further information see http://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/advice/renting_a_property.aspx

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