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Many property investors failing to conduct gas safety checks

Published On: November 28, 2016 at 12:40 pm

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A concerning new report has revealed that hundreds of thousands of properties are at risk of a life-threatening gas incident. These could be linked to features such as a carbon monoxide leak, or failures with boilers, fires, radiators and cookers.

CORGI HomePlan, who carried out the survey, feel that many investors are failing to carry out potentially life-saving checks before buying property.

Concerns

The study found that only 10% of property purchasers considered it necessary to check the safety of a property before completing a purchase. 28% thought a full check was covered in the mortgage lenders’ survey.

Most commonly, new property owners overlook the working condition of their boiler, with 39% net getting a qualified engineer in to test it.

Worryingly, 70% of new property owners questioned said they did not know that new homebuyers can request a service record of all gas appliances-including boilers, central heating, cookers and fires.

Wales was found to be the safest area, with eight in ten respondents having a Gas Safe Registered engineer to assess their property before buying. On the other hand, Londoners were found to be least safety conscious, with just 38% of people in the capital following suit.

Many property investors failing to conduct gas safety checks

Many property investors failing to conduct gas safety checks

Reports

Kevin Treanor, director of CORGI HomePlan, said: ‘Buying a new home is an exciting time and one that often involves committing yourself to the limit of your finances. However, just as you wouldn’t commit to buy a property without seeing the surveyor’s report first, it is just as important that homebuyers also see the full service record of all gas appliances and have a Gas Safe registered engineer inspect the home too.’[1]

‘Carbon monoxide still kills around 50 people a year and every one of these deaths is avoidable. People must minimise the risks by making sure all their gas appliances are in full working order,’ Mr Treanor added.[2]

[1] https://www.propertyinvestortoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2016/11/lack-of-safety-checks-being-carried-out-by-property-investors

HSE Proposes Changes to Gas Safety Checks for Landlords

Published On: November 11, 2016 at 11:32 am

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has proposed changes to the timings of gas safety checks for landlords, which it believes will save time and money.

HSE Proposes Changes to Gas Safety Checks for Landlords

HSE Proposes Changes to Gas Safety Checks for Landlords

The organisation has launched a consultation on changing gas safety regulations, which currently state that landlords must carry out gas safety checks “at intervals of no more than 12 months since it was last checked for safety”.

The HSE is proposing adding a clause that requires landlords to conduct checks between 10-12 months of the previous check, but to be treated as if they were carried out on the expiry date.

Explaining the proposed changes, the consultation document says: “In order to ensure that checks are carried out at intervals of no more than 12 months, many landlords start the process for gaining access to properties at around 10.5 months after the last check, according to a survey carried out by CORGI Technical Services.

“However, since in about 75% of cases, landlords do gain access promptly, this leads to a shortening of the safety check cycle year-on-year.

“If landlords carry out a gas safety check every 10.5 months, this results in ten annual gas safety checks being completed over a nine-year period, instead of the statutory nine.”

The HSE recognises that there may be situations when there is a longer gap for a check, such as if a boiler was last checked on 1st December 2016 and a landlord makes a check ten months later in October 2017, but waits 12 months for the next one in December 2018, creating a 14-month gap.

The body estimates that its proposal would save landlords a total of £22m per year as a result of carrying out fewer gas safety checks over the appraisal period, as well as logistical savings.

The consultation document also clarifies that only gas safety defects should be recorded.

The consultation ends on 27th January 2017. You can respond via this online questionnaire: http://consultations.hse.gov.uk/consult.ti/cd280/answerQuestionnaire?qid=657699

To ensure that you stick to the law on gas safety, follow our guide: /landlords-guide-gas-safety/