Gas Safety Certificates – Do Landlords Need To Ensure That They Carry Them Out On Time?

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It is absolutely critical that landlords ensure that they carry out their gas safety certificates before they are due.

You are potentially at risk in the event that a gas safety is not carried out on the due date. If a tenant dies after carbon monoxide escape you would be liable. This could result in not only a fine but potentially prison. It has happened!

New rules have come into place in 2020 regarding gas safety checks. These can now be carried out earlier than before. The landlord can carry them up two months before the due date but keep the same renewal date. The renewal date is the deadline in which the renewal needs to be carried out.

Another amendment was made to the regulations. The landlord retains the last two records instead.

You also must serve on the tenant the gas safety. They then must acknowledge within 30 days. This can be made easier now checks can be carried out two months before. Under the new Deregulation Bill (see previous article here) It is not acceptable just to send it in the post to the tenant. You would either must send it by recorded delivery. Having to physically put it through the door of the property. You would then have to record the date and time which you did it.  Without doing this you are unable to serve a Section 21 Notice.

WHAT IS A GAS SAFETY CHECK?

Do you know what it actually covers? It covers the following:-

  1. Check with the occupant to determine if there are any problems with the gas installation/appliance.
  2. Check that all gas appliances have an adequate supply of air.
  3. Ensure the effective operation of an appliance, control taps and ignition system and any supervision device is fitted.
  4. Inspect the flame picture of any burner
  5. Check clearances for combustible materials eg. Kitchen cupboards etc.
  6. Ensure the stability of the appliance (including the supply of bracket of hook and chain on gas cookers)
  7. Inspect the gas installation pipework and where applicable any flexible connections
  8. Open flues:-
  9. Check the condition and full route of the flue. Where applicable, ensure any terminal/chimney pot is suitable
  10. Inspect the appliance connection to any flue liner or chimney. In the case of a black back boiler check the seals of all pipe ducts and voids entering the buildings opening.
  11. Perform a flue flow check
  12. For a gas fire, inspect it and clear the catchment space, check that any dampers have been removed or fixed in the open position.
  13. Using any guidance given and manufacturer instructions, test the appliance for spillage
  14. Room sealed appliances:-
  15. Inspect case and site glass seal on appliance replace it if necessary
  16. Check the position of the terminal. Clearance for corners, vegetation etc. Ensure terminal guide is fitted as appropriate.
  17. Check the operating pressure or heat input rate or, where necessary, ensure both are correct
  18. Test all controls to ensure that the operation is satisfactory.
  19. Test all disturbed gas connections for tightness using leak detection fluid. Carry out a full gas tightness test if necessary.
  20. Inform the gas user of any further work required or make recommendations as necessary
  21. Further information can be found on the Health and Safety Executive webpage here.

COMPLEX CASES

If a wall or ceiling hides the chimney/flue preventing its inspection. An inspection hatch should be fitted. Gas safety guidance states to classify the chimney/flue as a risk if it cannot be inspected. You will need to ensure that your gas engineer checks everything for you.

The law is forever revolving regarding fire requirements and gas safeties are now being involved in this area. The Government are forever changing the rules when it comes to gas safeties and gas appliances.

A new law is being entered into from the 1st October 2022 in that any appliances of a gas burning nature need to now have a CO2 detector near them and this now includes gas boilers, Obviously, it is good for tenants and landlords to ensure there are no problems in future but it is another thing as a landlord you have to take into account. You need to put a CO2 detector anywhere where there is a fixed appliance that burns gas expect for gas hobs.

We understand that gas hobs will be looked at in future but with the phasing out of these appliances long term it is not something the Government have decided to take onboard at this time.

It is so important that landlords ensure that all of their properties are compliant by this date.

As of 1st October 2022 the legalisation will now be extending to require a carbon monoxide alarm.

The regulations apply to both houses and flats and also HMO’s and are including HMO licenses. Failing to comply can lead to a civil penalty being imposed of up to £5,000.

These provisions only apply in England at the moment. However, similar requirements are set to be introduced in Wales once the renting homes act is bought into force.

What are the requirements for smoke alarms?

During any period beginning on or after 1st October 2015 whilst the premises is occupied on a tenancy the landlord must ensure the smoke alarm is equip on each storey of the premises which there is a room used wholly or partly for living accommodation.

Rooms used as living accommodation such as lounge, dining rooms, kitchens, bathrooms and separate toilets also now includes hallways and landings.

Mezzanines are also likely to be caught by this legalisation where they contain a room wholly or partly as living accommodation.

For individual flats located on one floor there will have to be at least one alarm on each storey of the premises.

These regulations do not stipulate what type of smoke alarm is required. Ideally it should be mains wired interconnected alarm system as being a modern standard and this will be the case in future once Grenfell has been decided.

What the requirements of carbon monoxide alarms?

Landlords must ensure there is a carbon monoxide alarm fitted in any room that is used partly or wholly as living accommodation and contains any appliance which burns, or is capable of burning solid fuels.

This would include log and coal burning stoves and open fires. But now also include gas and oil boilers.

The only exception to these are rooms where the only fuel burning appliance is  agas cooker. Whilst the legalisation does not define a gas cooker precisely, the Government guidelines states it is any apparatus heated by gas and used for cooking food.

The guidance to landlords is follow the alarm manufactures instructions. This will typically be at head height between 1-3 metres away from the solid fuel burning source of carbon monoxide alarms and in a circulation point for smoke detectors.

You are now also responsible to ensure that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are checked before tenants live at the property. In the event they go wrong you are also now required to deal with these including any battery replacement in future.

Penalties.

If the landlord is in breach of the local authority they may now be required to pay a penalty charge of up to £5,000. However, in the event that someone dies it is a criminal matter.

On licensed premises, failure to comply with the legalisation is a breach of a mandatory condition. This contains potential civil penalty of up to £30,000.

SUMMARY

It is so important for landlords to carry these out correctly. It is critical for people’s health that these checks take place. We would always advise landlords to have it done as early as possible. We use a system whereby we can serve it on the tenant and have them acknowledge it in writing. Most landlords also don’t realise that they have to be served every year and failure to do so will affect a Section 21 Notice. Please contact the Administration Department on (01273) 749169 to discuss it.

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Cat Westmacott
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17:57 10 Jun 24
Generally helpful for Lettings. As with any company, sometimes need a push for a response, but often easier to speak on the phone than email. Feeling hopeful for the next year’s contract with Harringtons🤞.
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20:50 04 Jun 24
Great experience. Everyone is so lovely and helpful over the phone at Harringtons! The best experience we have had with a letting agent in Brighton, none of the other agents in Brighton have been bothered to keep in touch and help us find a property as much as these guys. A special shoutout to the lovely lady who showed me around the flat (Georgie I believe -sorry if I got that wrong), great at answering all my questions and been very lucky in securing the first property we viewed with her (an amazing spacious flat that has everything we need - including nice storage space for our paddleboards!) Looking forward to moving into our seaside home. Thank you!
Shadan B
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23:31 30 May 24
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Best experience I've had with a letting agent!
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10:25 30 May 24
So far the process with Harringtons has been amazing. We viewed 3 properties with Georgie and each time she was so informative and kind, she gave us the time we needed in each property to look around, take videos and ask questions about everything. The whole process has been easy so far and I can now happily say we found our property thanks to Georgie and the team at Harringtons.
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09:15 30 May 24
Georgie at Harringtons Lettings in Brighton has been exceptional throughout my rental process. From the very beginning, her professionalism and friendliness stood out. She provided clear and prompt communication, ensuring all my questions were answered thoroughly. Georgie made the entire experience seamless, from viewing properties to finalizing the paperwork. Her attention to detail and genuine care for my needs made me feel confident and supported. I highly recommend Georgie and Harringtons Lettings to anyone looking for a top-notch rental experience in Brighton.
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15:22 29 May 24
Beth has been an excellent agent, great communicator and enthusiastic member of the team. Highly recommended!
Jess Pond
Jess Pond
13:16 29 May 24
Had an absolutely awful experience with this company. Told me one thing on the phone and then told me another thing on email. Very mixed messages. Left 7 students homeless by putting the house back on the market with only 24 hour notice. Will never use them again. AVOID!
Roisin Lilley
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11:42 24 May 24
I recently had some problems with my previous agent and came to Beth for help! She took over the correspondence for me and sorted everything out for me! I can’t thank her enough for her patience and help!! I’d highly recommend her to other landlords that need help!
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Chris Lilley
11:26 24 May 24
I’ve been a tenant with Harringtons Lettings for a while, they are great, they always sort out any issues I have quickly and efficiently, Beth in particular is really helpful and I’ll be going to her for my next rental property when I look to move in September!
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Lauryn Keller
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Georgie was great on our viewing - super lovely, informative and honest. Thank you!
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09:16 24 Apr 24
Well, they just contacted me via email asking for a review for money... so here, I guess.Does 3 stars get me that tenner? Probably not. Nothing terrible to say, but never had any issues with the property really. Don't enjoy that they were willing to pay for reviews though, seems sketchy.UPDATE: As the business has finally replied to my review 6 years later, I thought I would mention that I indeed have the email still as proof. Offer of £10 for a review, and to mention Rachel Erridge in the review. Also a prize of £200 to one lucky winner. The email was sent from the Harrington's admin email address. I can email the proof to whoever requests it.
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It is very good that they do their job professionally and take care of the customers.
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I am very happy and extremely grateful to have found Harringtons lettings and the beautiful flat that I am now living in. Not only is the flat perfect for me, ticks all the boxes and is in a great location; the whole communication/admin process was so fast and efficient. I spoke to many of the team, but the two main contacts initially were Georgie and Beth. Great personalities, friendly and fast at replying to emails and phone calls. It was all turned around very quickly and everyone at Harringtons seems to appear to really be happy in their jobs. Great letting agent and I would recommend them to others looking for a new home.
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17:08 27 Mar 24
Great experience, Georgie was so knowledgeable and kind with any enquiries I had. Really put me at ease while house hunting, amazing service thank you so much!!
Madison Harris
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Harringtons have been so helpful so far. Everyone we’ve spoken to on the phone including Georgie have been so warm and receptive and easy to communicate with. As a couple renting together for first time me & Danny couldn’t have found better people to help us out, they’re clear and concise. We discovered them through Rightmove and would highly recommend anyone to use their services to rent with.Thanks guys!Buffy & Danny
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16:58 18 Mar 24
Georgie was absolutely amazing! Very helpful, easy to talk to and all in all an absolute sweetheart. Made the process of renting and finding a property less stressful. Always happy to help and lovely to chat to!Thank you again for everything!
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5/5 - Everyone I’ve spoken to on the phone has been so friendly and patient with our move in documents. We found Harringtons through Rightmove, and have been really happy with our interactions. The team respond to queries efficiently and are happy to answer any and all questions.
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A really excellent agency, who are very easy and friendly to deal with. Highly recommended.
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18:04 13 Mar 24
Lovely staff and all round positive experience - Georgie is an absolute diamond and a credit to the team!
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11:15 08 Mar 24
Harringtons have been really helpful and very swift with their responses. Georgie was very proffesional and really friendly when she did the viewings with me and Beth on the phone was again really helpful and gave me hope when I was explaining my eagerness to find somewhere new to live. Thanks Harringtons!
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christos papanicolaou
09:33 07 Mar 24
Staff were brilliant. Very helpful
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20:54 01 Mar 24
I'm in a difficult situation at the moment with my landlord wanting to sell the flat that myself and my 3 children have been living in for 7 years. I came across Harringtons Viewings by applying to view some properties outside of my area.Unfortunately I haven't been able to sort anything with Harringtons, however I wanted to write this to say that they have been nothing but kind, warm and very understanding of my situation. I've been really impressed by their customer service (namely Georgie & Beth) and hope that they are able to find me something eventually!Thanks so much.Yasmin
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17:30 22 Feb 24
Have been very accommodating and helpful when calling agents. They have been very helpful in being able to secure a house for students.
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Went above and beyond to get things sorted for me
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Very responsive and super helpful throughout the process. Highly recommended!
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Matthew Ball
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11:46 19 Sep 23
Professional communication with tenant although entirely impersonal. There was a bigger disconnect in their communication with the landlord in most cases, which seemed to be either slow or non-existent (discovered after contacting the landlord directly).Property was full of spider webs on day 1 despite apparently being professionally cleaned. Took a day off of work to clean it on move out day, leaving it cleaner than when it received but still had to pay part of the deposit for professional cleaning.It has been a while since I have rented, but I'll avoid letting agencies completely now if this is anything close to the average renting experience.
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Great professionalism/communciation from the start up until the end of my tenancy. Definitely set the standards for what agencies should be like. Highly recommend to those within Brighton.
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I have rented with Harringtons Lettings before and have always found the agents to be quick, efficient, friendly and helpful. I loved their service so much I have chosen to rent with Harringtons again. Faultless 😊
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