Landlords urged to arrange annual gas checks

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Landlords across the UK are being urged to arrange annual gas checks of their properties to avoid any risk to their tenants.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) advised that having a boiler serviced on a regular basis by a registered gas engineer is imperative to prevent the leak of potentially deadly substances such as carbon monoxide.

Officials made the recommendation following the case of a Chester landlord that was fined £400 and ordered to pay costs of £1,000 after ignoring repeated warnings about gas safety within his properties.

Martin Paren, HSE inspector, said: “Unsafe gas appliances are responsible for dozens of deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning in the UK every year. That is why it’s a legal requirement for landlords to arrange checks.”

Under HSE guidelines landlords are responsible for the safety of their tenants and the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 is designed to ensure that those leasing properties carry out the appropriate duties.

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23rd January 2013