A rare case of a landlord failing to comply with gas safety regulations has served as a crucial reminder to everybody who lets out a property within the private rented sector of the importance of doing so.
Trafford Magistrates’ Court recently heard how Tariq Ali ignored several reminders from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to arrange an annual gas safety check, as required by law.
He has now been hit with a fine of £40,000 and must also pay more than £18,000 in costs, leaving him facing a hefty bill.
The good news for you as a landlord is that there is an easy way to avoid a similar fate to Mr Ali: Allow Leaders to manage your rental property and, as part of our service, we will oversee the completion of a gas safety check.
Gas Safe Register is the UK’s official body for gas engineers and it works to ensure landlords and other property owners are operating in accordance with the latest legislation. A gas safety check involves testing all of the gas appliances in a home and ensuring they are operating without danger.
It is a legal requirement for all landlords to ensure this check is carried out each year and that they have a certificate to show it has been done.
HSE inspector Stuart Kitchingman explained: "Dozens of people are killed or badly harmed every year from carbon monoxide poisoning, so it is vital that landlords take the risks seriously. We will continue to prosecute landlords who think the law doesn’t apply to them."
This week (September 15th-19th) is GasSafe Awareness Week, supported by SafeAgent, and a series of events and activities are scheduled to increase the public’s knowledge of gas safety and its importance.
If you are currently letting out a property privately, we would urge you to check it has passed a gas safety check in the last year, and if it has not you should arrange for one to be completed as soon as possible.
And if you hand responsibility for the property to us as an experienced and trusted agent, one of the many advantages you will enjoy is the fact we deal with this on your behalf.
It is important for landlords to understand the requirements related to gas within a rented property, as failure to do so might just result in you dealing with a punishment akin to that dished out to Mr Ali.
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