Landlords – Gas Safety Regulations Changes

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Following on from the introduction of Boiler Plus legislation in April, the Government has introduced changes to Gas Safety Regulations.

If you’re a landlord or letting agent then here’s what you need to know about the changes.

The new regulations follow the MOT-style model.

This means that you can arrange for your gas safety check any time from 10 to 12 calendar months after the previous check without impacting on the previous expiry date.

For example:

  • Your Gas Safety certificate expires on 15 July 2018
  • You book your gas safety check and boiler service in for 1 July 2018
  • Your gas safety certificate will now run until 15 July 2019

Previously, you would have ‘lost’ 14 days on your certificate.

Before the change in gas safety regulations, some landlords or letting agents waited until the last minute to book an appointment, which during busy periods could mean that the original certificate expired and the property no longer met the legal requirements.

 

How do you benefit from the changes

  • Your gas safety certificate now runs until the original expiry date
  • You don’t have to wait until the last minute to book your gas safety test
  • We have a two month window to help you ensure your rental property is complaint

 

What you still have to do

As a landlord, you still have legal responsibilities when it comes to gas safety. Here’s a quick reminder of what you have to look after.

  • Gas pipework
  • Gas appliances
  • Chimneys
  • Flues

You must also keep a copy of the gas safety record for two years and give it to an existing tenant within 28 days of the check being completed, or to new tenants before they move in.

 

What else might you need to know?

If your tenants have their own gas appliances, then they are responsible for the maintenance and safety.

Always ask to see the engineer’s Gas Safety Register ID card. You can find the Blue Flame engineers here.

 

For more information and to book a gas safety check please email salesteam@blueflameheat.co.uk or call 01326 378122.