Landlord Gas Safety Checks Bristol
As a landlord, you are responsible for the safety of your tenants. The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 deal with landlords’ duties to make sure gas appliances, fittings and flues provided for tenants are safe.
You are responsible for the maintenance and repair of flues, appliances and pipework provided for your tenants use by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer. Although there is no prescribed timeframe for these duties, good practice would be the demonstration of regular, annual maintenance checks and subsequent repairs. Our engineers are registered with Gas Safe and are on hand to provide this service.
You are also responsible for ensuring an annual gas safety check is carried out within 12 months of the installation of a new appliance or flue which you provide and annually thereafter by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. You must keep a record of the safety check for 2 years and issue a copy to each existing tenant within 28 days of the check being completed and issue a copy to any new tenants before they move in.
If you are a private landlord renting to tenants, it is always advisable to abide by the above and ensure that you are having the right checks and maintenance carried out as dictated by the law. Failure to do so can result in up to £6,000 worth of fines, six months in prison invalid insurance and court action. Most importantly if a tenant succumbs to fatal harm as a result of a faulty gas appliance system, you could also face manslaughter charges.
The Health and Safety executive provide further guidance and answers to FAQ: http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/domestic/faqlandlord.htm
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What’s Involved In A Safety Check?
We provide some of the most stringent and detailed landlord gas safety checks in Bristol. The process is very straightforward and includes but is not limited to the following:
Gas Pressure Check – We will run a test to check that the mains gas pressure is adequate for the number of gas appliances in your home. If you choose to install extra appliances in your home the current pressure may need adjusting to handle the demand.
Appliance Gas Tightness Inspection – The valves and pipework included in your boiler can become loose which is a major risk to any inhabitants as it can cause fires, explosions and even deadly carbon monoxide poisoning. Our engineers will methodically test all of your gas appliances to make sure that they are not leaking any gas.
Ventilation Check – We will check that adequate ventilation is in place for all of your appliances. Ovens, cookers and boilers all need a supply of fresh air to aid the combustion process and clear away harmful carbon monoxide. If the flow of fresh clean air is blocked for whatever reason, more deadly carbon monoxide will be produced.
Safety Device Check – We will conduct a review of all the safety devices on your gas appliances to confirm that they are in full working order and that the device is safe to use. Typically we will look at whether the appliance is burning gas correctly, that it is fitted securely and that components such as exchangers are in good condition.
The entire process should take no more than 1/1hr30 depending on the size of the property and our considerate gas engineers will always seek to be as un-obstructive and tidy as possible when carrying out their duties.
If you need landlord gas safety checks in Bristol then call our friendly team for an immediate quote today or send us an enquiry!
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