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Tai Aeron
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Gwasanaeth rheoli a gosod eiddo proffesiynol yng Ngorllewin Cymru i Landlordiaid a Thenantiaid.

Landlord's Information

Gas Safety

You are required to:

  • ensure gas fittings and flues are maintained in a safe condition. Gas appliances should be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If these are not available it is recommended that they are serviced annually unless advised otherwise by a CORGI-registered installer;
  • ensure an annual safety check is carried out on each gas appliance/flue. Before any new lease starts, you must make sure that these checks have been carried out within one year before the start of the lease date, unless the appliances in the property have been installed for less than 12 months, in which case they should be checked within 12 months of their installation date;

Which gas equipment is covered?

The safety check and maintenance requirements generally apply to any gas appliance or flue installed in the ‘relevant premises’ except that:

  • appliances owned by the tenant are not covered;
  • flues/chimneys solely connected to an appliance owned by the tenant are not
    covered;
  • any appliances and flues serving ‘relevant premises’ (such as central heating boilers not installed in tenants’ accommodation, but used to heat them) are covered.

Your duty to maintain and carry out safety checks applies to fixed as well as portable appliances, such as LPG cabinet heaters.

Your tenant has a duty not to use an appliance they believe to be dangerous.

Oil-Fired Equipment

Correct oil fired equipment installation and maintenance is essential for performance and safety.

There is no legal requirement in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland for a landlord to obtain a landlord safety certificate for oil fired equipment installed within a let property. However, BS5410 Part 1 requires oil fired appliances to be serviced periodically in accordance with the manufactures instructions. Oil tanks and oil feed pipework should be checked for general condition and any leaks repaired. This is to reduce pollution incidents which may result from inadequately stored oil.

To promote safety of tenants and instil peace of mind to Tenants, Letting Agents, Landlords and to satisfy some property insurers, it is recommended that a Registered Technician services and inspects an oil installation at least annually. As well as peace of mind, planned maintenance can keep an appliance operating at peak performance, reducing fuel bills, save on costly call out fees if an appliance fails and reduces the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

There have been no recorded deaths related to oil fired appliances and carbon monoxide, but if an oil fired appliance is incorrectly installed and/or maintained this can, although not common, produce carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide is a highly toxic poisonous gas which is given off by appliances burning all fossil fuels. It is odourless, colourless and tasteless and is therefore difficult to detect.

Some symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are as follows:

  • Tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

For extra protection fit an audible carbon monoxide detector manufactured to BSEN50291 and BS7860 Standards

Electrical Appliances and Fittings

It is important to insure that all electrical appliances and fittings within the property are safe and in good working order. Unlike gas regulations, there is no law that says you must have a landlord electrical safety certificate. But, should any electrical fittings or appliances within your rental property cause harm to a tenant you could be held liable. The tenant could sue you for damages and or worse you may be brought before a court for negligence under the regulations.

Manage your property well and the risks to you as landlord or agent are minimal, but manage it badly and your risks are high.

You are advised to make visual inspections yourself as landlord or agent in residential properties (record on a safety checklist) and have periodic checks carried out by a qualified electrician.

  • Keep supplied appliances to a minimum.
  • Make sure appliances supplied are complete and in working order - keep purchase receipts.
  • Pay particular attention to second hand equipment - always have these items checked.
  • Ensure that operating instructions and safety warning notices are supplied with the appliances.
  • Ensure that flexes are in good order and properly attached to appliances and plugs.
  • Ensure that earth tags are in place.
  • Ensure that plugs are of an approved type with sleeved live and neutral pins.
  • Ensure that plugs and sockets conform to BS1363 or BS1363/A for heavy duty uses.
  • Ensure that all fuses are of the correct type and rating.
  • Make sure that tenants know the location of and have access to the main consumer unit, fuses and isolator switch.

If you are in any doubt about the wiring or the safety of any appliances consult a qualified electrician.

Regulations

There is no statutory obligation on landlords or agents to have professional checks carried out on the electrical system or appliances. However, under the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994, the Plugs and Sockets etc. (Safety) Regulations 1994, both of which come under the Consumer Protection Act 1987, there is an obligation to ensure that all electrical equipment is safe.

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