As Landlord of a private dwelling you inherit several statutory responsibilities revolving around the need to secure your tenant’s safety.

These responsibilities involve everything from a basic risk assessment of the property to make sure it is free of obvious hazards (e.g. checking the water supplies are not susceptible to legionnaire’s disease) right the way through to professional checks of electrical and gas appliances and ventilation. Fire safety is also a priority.

As landlord, you must ensure that the property is inspected annually by a qualified, Gas Safe Registered engineer. The inspection usually costs about £80 - 100 and you must provide a copy of the certificate to your tenant. If a new tenant is moving in a copy of the gas safety certificate must be provided within 28 days of them taking occupancy. Failure to comply is a criminal offence.

The check will include inspection and testing of gas appliances and gas fired central heating boilers and flues. If you have a gas appliance the ventilation system will be inspected and any unsatisfactory appliances or ventilation must be rectified.

A good landlord should supply smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms on every floor in addition to the annual gas inspection and ensure that they are checked regularly.

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