Some relief for landlords as Gas Safety Regulations are amended to allow more flexibility with the legally required renewal of the gas safety certificate. The changes are subject to being approved by Parliament (though it seems likely it will be passed) and would take effect on 6 April 2018.
Current Gas Safety Legislation
The current Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations require landlords who are letting properties with a gas supply to complete the following:
Arrange for a Gas Safe engineer to carry out an inspection of all gas appliances and flues before a tenant occupies the property.
Provide a Gas Safety Certificate to tenants before they move in.
Carry out subsequent gas safety checks every 12 months and provide a certificate to tenants within 28 days.
Landlords will still have the same legal obligations to ensure the property is gas safe but the changes include:
Introducing an ‘MOT style’ renewal of the certificate. Landlords will be able to arrange for a gas safety inspection within 2 months of the renewal date, and retain the existing expiry date.
Incorporate an existing exemption to carry out alternative checks in situations where there is no meter to directly measure the heat input and it’s not possible to measure the operating pressure.
Extend scope to include situations where the meter is not accessible or the meter display is not working.
A Welcome Update
Allowing landlords to renew the certificate with a 2 month leeway before the renewal date is a welcome addition to the regulations. This avoids landlords renewing a certificate much earlier than the expiry date and the date will remain the same year after year. Landlords under the current legislation can face issues with access with such a tight deadline, as well as arranging an engineer.
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