Landlord body supports gas safety campaign
The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has thrown its weight behind a new gas safety campaign, aimed at ensuring tenants and properties are less at risk from leaks.
Gas Safe has launched #dontcutcorners in an effort to make sure as many homes as possible are safe, and the RLA is seeking to ensure its members know how they can fulfil their legal responsibilities.
It has reminded members that the most important legal step is to ensure they have a valid Gas Safety certificate for any gas appliance in a property they let out, which will be valid for 12 months.
The RLA noted a lot of progress has been made in this area, quoting a finding in this month's English Housing Survey that "there has been a statistically significant increase in the proportion of all private sector homes with a solid fuel appliance and a carbon monoxide alarm". However, it added, this is no cause for complacency.
Discussing the campaign, chief executive of the Gas Safe Register Jonathon Samuel said #dontcutcorners "highlights the Gas Safe Register as a trusted source to find a qualified and legal gas engineer to work on gas appliances, to make sure they’re working safely and efficiently".
The RLA listed the legal requirements for its members on its site, as well as highlighting how to spot danger signs.
Among these are flames that are yellow or orange instead of blue, and pilot lights blowing out, both of which can be signs of gas leaks, while headaches and dizziness experienced by residents can be a sign of potentially deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
The annual renewal of the gas safety certificate is set to be made more flexible after a recent review of the rules that included submissions from the National Landlords' Association.
It was concerned that to ensure the check was not late, landlords were having to carry it out early and thus pay for a new certificate less than a year after the old one was issued. This meant over time they would end up renewing earlier and earlier until they found themselves paying for a year early.
Under the new Gas Safety (Installation and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2018, from April, there is more flexibility, with any check carried out up to two months before the due date being valid for the full 12 months.