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Gas Tag are urging the accidental landlord to ensure they are aware of the latest safety requirements for letting a buy to let property.
The landlord is obliged by law to ensure that any gas appliances are checked annually with a Gas Safe registered engineer. They must also provide their tenants with a Gas Safety Certificate within 28 days of the annual check taking place.
It is also necessary for landlords to install a working smoke alarm. Since November 2015, there have also been requirements for a carbon monoxide alarm in a room with a solid fuel appliance. Landlords must also ensure that electrical installations and wiring are maintained in a safe condition throughout the tenancy. Electrical appliances must be checked on through each change of tenancy. An alternative is to check them every five years.
However, a new survey conducted by Gas Tag found that 28 per cent of respondents either did not have or did not know if their property had a Gas Safety Certificate. 24 per cent did not think that their landlord was obliged to install a carbon monoxide alarm in a room with a solid fuel burning source.
Furthermore, 81 per cent did not know that a landlord is responsible for checking all electrical appliances each time a new tenant moves into a property. 36 per cent of tenant respondents felt that it was their responsibility to check for electrical safety.
50 per cent thought a gas engineer should be Corgi registered. However, this scheme changed to Gas Safe Register almost 10 years ago.
Chief executive of Gas Tag, Paul Durose, said: ‘Our findings reveal that there is a huge amount of confusion about what someone’s landlord is responsible for. This lack of basic safety knowledge means that thousands of people renting in the UK could be putting their lives at risk.’
He continued: ‘The number of accidental landlords has soared in the UK in the last few years and we’re extremely concerned that many don’t even know their legal obligations to their tenants.’