I’ve just been reading the latest research from spareroom.co.uk – the flat and house-share website – which has found that one in three tenants may be at risk as a result of landlords failing to carry out annual gas safety checks. They say 34 per cent of tenants are living in properties with out-of-date gas certificates; this is only slightly less than the figure recorded last year (36 per cent). It’s a worrying statistic, particularly when you consider that 330 people were seriously injured in the UK last year from gas-related exposure and a further 10 fatally injured*.
Landlords are legally obliged to have gas appliances checked each year by a ‘Gas Safe Register’ engineer. As well as ensuring gas appliances are safe, Landlords are also required by law to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) produced and to protect their tenants’ deposits.
With a larger number of inexperienced landlords being forced into the industry, it’s highly likely that many of them are not aware of the legal responsibilities they have as a landlord which could explain the latest findings.
If you’re unsure of what you need to do in order to let your property, get in touch with your local landlord association who can offer advice and support.
* Source: Health and Safety Executive (HSE)