Landlords are responsible for the gas safety of their properties under the “Gas Safety (installation and use) Regulations 1998” which outline what landlords must do to ensure gas appliances, fittings and flues are safe. Landlords must ensure that pipework, appliances and flues are maintained in a safe condition and gas appliances should be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If these are not available it’s recommended that they are serviced annually.
In addition landlords must arrange an annual gas safety check on every gas appliance and flue by a registered Gas Safe Engineer. Since 2018 landlords can obtain a gas safety record up to two months before the current one expires and keep the same expiry date. If the check has not been completed and a copy provided to every tenant in the property, the maximum penalty may be imprisonment of up to two years or an unlimited fine or both. In the event that a tenant were to die as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning or faulty gas appliances, the landlord could receive a custodial sentence for manslaughter. Furthermore, failure to carry out correct checks can also render property or landlord insurance invalid. Where a landlord hasn’t provided a tenant with a copy of the gas safety record they will be unable to evict a tenant using a Section 21 notice.