It is very sad to know when this kind of accidents takes place in our neighbourhood, where rough landlord/agency ignore HHSRS system while renting a property. Do you know on 26th November 2019 early morning, six fire engines and around 40 firefighters were called to a fire at a house converted into a bedsit on Grasmere Avenue in Wembley. Firefighters found one man on the ground floor. Sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene. The Brigade was called at 03:06 am and the fire was under control by 05:04 am, nine people had evacuated the semi-detached property before fire crews arrived.
We like to remind all the Landlords to keep their specific legal responsibilities towards their tenants when it comes to gas safety (CP12), CO2 Alarm, Fire Alarm to be checked yearly.
Understanding the law for rental accommodation:
As a landlord, you are responsible for the safety of your tenants. Landlords' duties apply to a wide range of accommodation, occupied under a lease or licence, which includes, but not exclusively:
Residential premises provided for rent by local authorities, housing associations, private sector landlords, housing co-operatives, hostels
Rooms let in bed-sit accommodation, private households, bed and breakfast accommodation and hotels
Rented holiday accommodation such as chalets, cottages, flats, caravans and narrow boats on inland waterways.
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 deal with landlords’ duties to make sure gas appliances, fittings and flues provided for tenants are safe.
If you let a property equipped with gas appliances you have three main responsibilities:
* Maintenance: pipework, appliances and flues must be maintained in a safe condition. Gas appliances should be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If these are not available it is recommended that they are serviced annually unless advised otherwise by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
* Gas safety checks: a 12 monthly gas safety check must be carried out on every gas appliance/flue. A gas safety check will make sure gas fittings and appliances are safe to use.
* Record: a record of the annual gas safety check must be provided to your tenant within 28 days of the check being completed or to new tenants before they move in. Landlords must keep copies of the gas safety record for two years.
All installation, maintenance and safety checks need to be carried out by a Gas Safe registered. For more information and bookings get in touch with our offices today – Wembley branch 020 8903 1002 / Ruislip Branch 02088199212
The video has been copied from BBC Breakfast News, the information is given to create general awareness only, and also it should be taken as just guidance which intended as a summary of changes to the legislation. For detailed advice please consult a legal professional.