As a landlord in the UK, it is your responsibility to carry out gas safety inspections and keep records of these inspections. This is to ensure that all gas appliances, flues and pipework in the rented property are safe and in good working order.
Gas Safety Law
Under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, landlords are legally required to arrange an annual Gas Safety Check for all gas appliances, flues and pipework supplied in the property.
This must be carried out by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. The check must be undertaken within 12 months of the previous check. Records of the inspection must be kept and given to the tenant within 28 days of the inspection being completed.Failure to comply with these regulations can lead to substantial fines of up to £6,000 per offence.
Gaining access to your property
To gain access to the property for the inspection, landlords should contact the tenant in writing, by email, phone or text. If the tenant does not respond to the landlord’s request for access, the landlord may need to consider using more formal channels, such as issuing a section 21 notice or court order.
Gas Safety Property Access Letters
Using professionally drafted legal letters can help to ensure that the landlord has discharged their legal duty, and can be more effective and quicker than informal letters. Professional letters also provide a clear and unambiguous way of requesting access to the property, and can provide evidence that the landlord has attempted to contact the tenant.
Our series of gas inspection letters are designed to be tailored to individual circumstances and can be used by landlords to ensure they are compliant with their legal obligations.