The Oban Times - - Property -

For land­lords in the pri­vate rental sec­tor, gas safety is more than just a mat­ter of com­pli­ance or non-com­pli­ance; it’s a mat­ter of life and death. Fail­ure to main­tain and re­pair gas ap­pli­ances can lead to car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing, which could re­sult in man­slaugh­ter charges be­ing brought against a land­lord who demon­strated neg­li­gence by fail­ing to or­gan­ise the nec­es­sary gas safety checks. Last year, a land­lord in Eng­land re­ceived a sus­pended six-month prison sen­tence for fail­ing to ar­range a gas safety check for two years, and was deemed by the HSE to have put the lives of his ten­ants at risk. So how can you re­main com­pli­ant? Land­lords should con­duct due dili­gence and take all nec­es­sary steps to en­sure the prop­erty is safe for habi­ta­tion at all times: An an­nual gas safety check must be car­ried out by a Gas Safe Reg­is­tered trades­per­son. The in­spec­tion, which nor­mally takes no longer than a cou­ple of hours, can be car­ried out with or with­out the ten­ant present. As a land­lord, you must record the date of the check, along with the re­sults of it. You must pro­vide your ten­ants with a copy of this re­port within 28 days of the visit. If the re­port has iden­ti­fied any faults or is­sues, you as a land­lord have a le­gal obli­ga­tion to get these re­paired as soon as pos­si­ble. Not ad­her­ing to these gas safety re­quire­ments is a crim­i­nal of­fence that could war­rant a fine, or in se­ri­ous cases a prison sen­tence. Penal­ties for non-com­pli­ance range from a £6,000 fine per of­fence and/or six months’ im­pris­on­ment. To en­sure com­pli­ance with your re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and en­sure the safety of your ten­ants and prop­erty, gas safety checks must be com­pleted ev­ery year. At West we ar­range and over­see all safety checks and com­pli­ance mat­ters for our land­lords, giv­ing them com­plete peace of mind.

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