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Gas Safety Week

Chestertons estate Agents

The dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can lead to gas leaks, fires and carbon monoxide poisoning, are all too real, which is why it is vital that people make sure their gas appliances are safety checked every year by a Gas Safe Registered engineer.

It is thought that more than one in five homes contain a dangerous gas appliance. By not having these appliances checked every year, homeowners put their own health, safety and finances at risk. If you are a landlord, you also have a legal responsibility to ensure these essential checks are carried out.

As a landlord, you are legally obliged to make sure:
• Pipe-work, appliances and flues provided for tenants are maintained in a safe condition
• All appliances and flues provided for tenants’ use have an annual safety check by a registered engineer.  
• Maintenance and annual safety checks are carried out by an engineer registered with Gas Safe Register, the UK’s official gas authority.  
• All gas equipment (including any appliance left by a previous tenant) is safe or otherwise removed before re-letting
• A Gas Safety Record is provided to the tenant within 28 days of completing the check or to any new tenant before they move in
• You keep a copy of the Gas Safety Record for two years

Check for warning signs that your appliances aren’t working correctly, such as a lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue one, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.

Our dedicated safety compliance officer reminds all Chestertons’ landlords when their property’s gas safety inspection is due for renewal however, for more information or to arrange an updated Gas Safety check please contact Emily McNally on 07968 329 484 or email emily.mcnally@chestertons.com

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