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Gas

For Gas safety please find below from the HSE website under the question “what checks should be done between tenancies” http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/domestic/faqlandlord.htm

The important sections have been highlighted in bold and underlined, and the question I would ask, is a landlord or letting agency competent to deem an appliance or flue safe? and do they have a record of their actions?

Regulation 36(2) requires checks for ongoing maintenance purposes, for instance, before a new tenancy is commenced.

Before you re-let a property after tenants have vacated it, you need to ensure that all appliances and flues are safe and have an up-to-date gas safety check record. A copy of this record needs to be given to tenants prior to moving in.

If you suspect that an appliance could have been tampered with, or there is the possibility of vandalism while a property remains empty, HSE recommends you arrange for another gas safety check to be completed by a Gas Safe registered engineer before giving access to new tenants. When tenants vacate your premises, they may have removed appliances unsafely (eg leaving open-ended pipes, having shut off the emergency control valve), or left their own appliances in place. Landlords should take the opportunity to clarify appliance ownership prior to re-letting.

Appropriate checks should be carried out and any unsafe equipment rectified or removed before a new tenancy begins. It is also recommended that installation pipework be inspected and tested for soundness before property is relet.

Landlords need to take account of any appliance left by a tenant (ie when a lease comes to an end) which the landlord decides to retain in the premises, ensuring that they are included in the annual checks and maintenance arrangements.

Here is an example of what can happen to a gas boiler if not maintained correctly by a Gas safe registered engineer.

This boiler went on fire on the inside, unfortunately it destroyed the whole boiler.

Please note, This boiler was not installed or maintained by W G Hodgen Ltd, we were asked by the Insurance company to inspect the boiler.

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This may have been prevented if this boiler was serviced and maintained by a gas safe registered engineer. 


OIL

It is not currently LAW to provide an oil fired landlord safety certificate but the landlord is responsible for heating and hot water installations.

Carbon Monoxide can also be released from appliances using other fuels, such as wood and coal. Whilst there are no specific regulations like the Gas Safety Regulations, it is still the landlords responsibility and duty of care to make sure that any such appliances provided are safe and working properly.

Checks should be carried out annually and between each tenant (in case the previous tenant has tampered with the boiler, usually following running out of oil and trying to bleed the oil line and actually adjusting and causing incorrect combustion or inserting bricks under the oil tank to get the “last out of it” etc)

For peace of mind and good practice Landlords should have oil fired appliances within rented properties inspected and serviced to the manufactures instructions annually. For valid home insurance, a number of insurers demand annual services and or safety certificates

Please find excerpt from OFTEC (Fact sheet attached) :

There is no legal requirement in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland for a landlord to obtain a landlord safety certificate for oil fired equipment installed within a let property. However, BS 5410: Part 1 requires oil fired appliances and equipment to be serviced periodically in accordance with the manufactures instructions. Oil storage tanks and oil supply pipe work should be checked for general condition and any leaks repaired

An example of what could happen: this boiler blew the top of the flue off and was set on fire. lucky the oil tank (not even a meter away) didn't catch alight as well.

Please note, This boiler was not installed or maintained by W G Hodgen Ltd, we were asked by the Insurance company to inspect the boiler.

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This may have been prevented if the boiler was serviced and maintained by an OFTEC registered engineer.


Electrical

If you are a Landlord or manage commercial properties, you will have additional legal responsibilities to ensure that you use a suitable person to undertake work and that your electrical installations are checked on a regular basis.

For more information on electrical work/checks please visit our electrical works page.

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