The Pitfalls for Landlords Without Annual Gas Safety Certificates
Property-renters are being urged to ensure they have correct and up to date Landlord Gas Safety Certificates, after an abundance of recent legal prosecutions. A landlord in Chester was handed a £400 fine and ordered to pay £1000 costs for failing to produce a gas safety certificate. A landlord in Basildon received 150 hours of community service and £2000 costs for not correctly maintaining an Annual Gas Safety Check.
There are hefty penalties for not obtaining your gas safety certificate
Rather shockingly, Hammersmith and Fulham Council were fined a total of £83,600 plus £15,553 costs for 9 separate breaches of not obtaining Commercial Gas Safety Certificates. The penalties are not just fiscal however; a landlord in Cambridgeshire was given a 16 month prison sentence for producing a bogus Landlord Gas Safety Certificate. It is your responsibility as the property-owner to provide and maintain adequate annual safety checks and it is the rights of your tenants to expect it.
You must ensure that all flues, pipe work and appliances are kept in a safe condition and serviced according to manufacturer’s recommendations. You must ensure this is done every 12 months and that a record of the safety checks is provided to your tenants before they move into the property. Non-compliance is a criminal offence and can lead to unlimited fines and custodial sentences, as well as invalidating insurance. ALWAYS use a Gas Safe Registered Gas Safety Engineer, like Fluid Plumbing, who are authorised to carry out all gas appliance servicing and boiler maintenance. Don’t be caught out, call 07961 746015 today and make your property safe with a professional and efficient service.