Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sniffing out the Problems; HOMES AND PROPERTY; Badly Fitted Gas Appliances Can Kill - and Landlords Can No Longer Hide Behind the Law

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sniffing out the Problems; HOMES AND PROPERTY; Badly Fitted Gas Appliances Can Kill - and Landlords Can No Longer Hide Behind the Law

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Byline: DEANNE LEVINE

Badly fitted gas appliances can kill - and landlords can no longer hide behind the law

LANDLORDS and tenants of residential property may not always be fully aware of the potential danger of faulty gas appliances, fittings and flues. The fact is that they can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, which in turn can lead to illness or even death. It is estimated that around 30 people die every year from carbon monoxide poisoning, while gas explosions attributed to poorly maintained gas appliances, fittings and flues can also maim and kill.

What is the legal position?

Gas safety regulations are in place which are designed to ensure that those living in rented accommodation are protected from such dangers. For example, each year the landlord has to arrange a gas safety inspection by a qualified Corgi-registered engineer and must ensure that any necessary repairs are carried out. A copy of the gas safety record - the form detailing the results of the inspection - should be provided to both landlord and tenant.

Where agents are managing a property on behalf of the landlord and it has been agreed that the agents should arrange for the gas safety inspection, they are also responsible for ensuring that the relevant gas safety regulations are complied with.

Who are the landlords?

The landlords include local authorities, housing associations, landlords in the private sector, housing co-operatives and hostel owners where they have tenants living in their property. Also included are people who let rooms to tenants in both bedsit accommodation and private houses, as well as those who provide B&B accommodation. People or companies who provide rented holiday accommodation are included, as are those who rent out caravans, cottages, flats, chalets and narrowboats on inland waterways.

What about the tenant?

It is illegal for a tenant to undertake any DIY work on gas appliances, fittings or flues - unless, of course, they happen to be a Corgiregistered gas engineer. …

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