Lawrence Williams, Head of Lettings & Tenancy Management at Webbers, reminds landlords and home-owners of the importance of using a qualified Gas Safe Register engineer.
Storm Gareth is currently battering the UK and last night I’m sure we all turned the heating up a few degrees to keep the chill weather at bay. The convenience of gas, whether that’s a heating system, a cosy fire or boiling a tasty free range egg on the kitchen hob, is a blessing for many of us. However it’s important we don’t overlook some basics to ensure its there when we need it and – most important of all – it’s safe. By Law all gas engineers must be listed on the Gas Safe Register (which replaced Corgi in 2009) to work safely and legally on gas appliances. Alarmingly, around 1.1 million gas jobs are carried out annually by illegal fitters who aren’t properly qualified to complete the work and put their clients at serious risk of harm.
For landlords the welfare of your tenant is a legal responsibility and failing to adhere to adhere to requirements under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 will have serious consequences.
Many people will ask friends or family for a recommendation but the Gas Safe Register website (gassaferegister.co.uk) is an excellent resource for finding a safe gas engineer. You can also ask to see the engineers’ Gas Safe ID card when they arrive at your home just to make sure that everything is as it should be.
For further information on landlord obligations or if you have any questions about this article, Lawrence can be contacted on Lawrence.firstname.lastname@example.org