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AGT Property Management & Lettings – BLOG – A Landlords Guide To Gas Safety

Being a landlord may look attractive, and it can work out extremely well financially. However, it is more involved than you might imagine. As a landlord there are a lot of legal responsibilities that you must comply with. There are also additional things involved in being a landlord. This includes staying on top rent checks, repairs, maintenance and more. 

It is also the job of the landlord to ensure good gas safety in their properties. This is what we look at in this blog post. Remember – if you do need any support being a landlord, or help managing your properties – speak to our team. We can look after and manage your property or properties on your behalf.

Gas Safety Regulations

The landlord has a duty of care to ensure that gas safety in their rented property is in accordance with the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. The regulations state that gas appliances are safe and working effectively. This includes all gas appliances, fittings, chimneys and flues.

The Landlords Responsibilities

It is the job of the landlord to ensure that the required checks are carried out by a registered Gas Safe engineer. These checks must be completed annually. They must also be arranged between 10 and 12 months of the last check. It is essential that the checks can not be completed more than 12 months apart. Here at AGT Property Management and Lettings, we can manage and arrange these gas safety checks on behalf of our landlords.

Gas Safe Paperwork

A CP12 certificate is provided to the landlord once the gas check has been completed. This certificate is also known as the Landlord Gas Safety Record. It states all the checks that were carried out. Within 28 days of receiving this certificate, a copy must be given to the tenant. For any new tenancies, this certificate must be given to tenants before the tenancy begins. Copies of these gas safety certificates must be kept by the landlord for at least three years.

Gas Maintenance

While the checking of gas appliances for safety, is an important part of gas safety for landlords, there is another part too. As the landlord, you are legally obliged to maintain and repair gas appliances within the property. This means that you need to ensure adequate servicing and respond quickly to any issues found in the check or reported by the tenants. As your property management company, we can look after this for you, as well as all contact with the tenants.

Are you a landlord struggling to keep up with regulations and legal requirements? Perhaps you’re considering becoming a landlord in Peterborough but you’re not sure where to start? Give us a call! We will happily help you manage your property in the way that works best for you.