Investing in residential property
Meeting gas safety regulations
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 state that any landlord must ensure that all gas appliances and equipment are checked by a qualified CORGI-registered engineer prior to a let and annually thereafter. If the engineer is satisfied that the installation meets with current legislation, a Gas Safety Record will be issued, a copy of which must be given to the tenants prior to commencement of the tenancy. The minimum penalty for non-compliance is a fine but this, of course, could be far greater if a fatality occurs as a breach of the legislation. It should be noted that an annual service of equipment and appliances does not in itself satisfy current legislation. It is essential to have a landlord's Gas Safety Record.