monoxide poisoning and 4,000 have attended A&E over a 12-month period.
A further report into the state of the rental market reveals that 34% of people are living in
properties which have out-of-date gas safety check records,
with 14% of tenants claiming the last gas safety check was carried out more than 12 months ago.
Matt Hutchinson, director of the flat and house share website Spareroom.co.uk, said: ”
The vast majority of landlords – and first-time landlords in particular –
will not be consciously avoiding paying for annual gas checks, but will simply not realise they are a legal requirement.
“This is why investing in buy-to-let property should not be undertaken without serious consideration.
Landlords have a responsibility to their tenants and
should swot up on rental rules and regulations until they know them inside out.”
Gas Safe Register’s top tips for tenants include:
1. Know your rights. By law, landlords must use a Gas Safe registered engineer to carry out annual gas safe inspections and servicing on all gas fittings and appliances, and provide you with a copy of the gas safety check record. Check the date on the record to make sure it is not more than 12 months old.
2. Ask how to turn off the gas supply. Your landlord must show you how to turn off the gas supply in case of a gas leak. If you smell gas, call the 24-hour emergency gas service on 0800 111999. If you suspect a problem with any gas appliance, report it to your landlord straight away and do not use the appliance until it has been fixed.
3. Check that any engineer who visits for gas repairs or servicing is Gas Safe registered. Ask for their Gas Safe Register ID card before you let them in. The back of the ID card will show you if they are qualified to work on the specific appliance that needs fixing, fitting or servicing. If they’re not Gas Safe registered they are working illegally and could put your life at risk.
4. If you own the gas appliances in your rented home, then you are responsible for their maintenance and safety checks. Your landlord is only responsible for the appliances and fittings that come with the home.
5. Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if dangerous levels of CO are present. They cost about £20 from DIY stores and supermarkets and you can take them with you from home to home.
Be safe and not sorry, get in touch with your landlord if you have not had a Gas Safe Inspection within the last 12 months.