Landlords today face a bewildering array of regulations. Many are centred around tenant safety and might be thought matters of common sense or good practice.
However any breach could lead variously to a fine, compensation claim, a Prohibition Notice requiring remedial works to be undertaken, render any Notice seeking possession ineffective against the tenant or even find the landlord behind bars.
With this in mind this regular series aims to highlight the main responsibilities the landlord has to contend with.
Gas Safety – Landlords are required to ensure that any gas boilers and other equipment are serviced annually. Records must be kept of the condition of the equipment and gas safety checks. A landlord is legally required to provide a tenant with an annual gas safety certificate. The service must be carried out by a contractor registered with Gas Safe, previously known as the Council for the Registration of Gas Installers CORGI). The relevant law is The Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998 (as amended).
Andrew Morley provides dispute resolution and residential landlord and tenant services from Chatterons’ Lincoln office.
This Blog is written to raise awareness of these issues. While every effort has been made to ensure that it is correct at the time of first publication it may not be updated, even if the law changes. It is not intended to be specific legal advice and cannot be relied on as such. Chattertons are not responsible or liable for any action taken or not taken as a result of this Blog. If you think any of these matters affect you then we would be happy to advise.