It is a legal requirement that landlords ensure that gas safety checks are carried out annually by a qualified engineer and that the necessary Safety Certificate from the Gas Safe Register is retained.
Failure to carry out annual gas safety checks is in breach of Regulation 36 (3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.
In a recent case, the landlord (Duran Akbulut) failed to have his tenants gas boiler safety checked by a qualified engineer, meaning the necessary Safety Certificate from the Gas Safe Register was not obtained as should be done annually in accordance with legislation.
The tenant raised concerns about a carbon monoxide leak and the National Grid switched off the gas supply, the tenant then also made a complaint to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
At Westminster Magistrates Court, Duran Akbulut pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 36 (3) and was given an 8 week prison sentence suspended for 12 months, ordered to pay £80 victim surcharge and contribute £300 in costs to HSE.
As it is your responsibility as a landlord, if you are having difficulty gaining access to the property in order to perform the gas safety check, we can assist you in obtaining a Court Order to access the property.