GAS SAFETY CHECK
Gas safety inspection
An annual gas safety inspection of your properties will ensure the installations and appliances are safe to use and they are compliant with the gas safety regulations.
If you are letting a property, you are legally required to have a gas safety check carried out every 12 months. And if you are a homeowner, an annual gas-elec gas safety inspection will give you peace of mind.
New EPC Regulations
If you are a property manager or a private landlord, from 1st April 2018, all private sector rental properties must reach a minimum of “E” rating on their Energy Performance Certificate. This applies firstly to new lets and renewed tenancies however; come April 2020 this will also apply for existing tenancies. After these dates going forward it will be illegal to rent a property which does not meet at least an “E” on its performance certificate.
What is an EPC?
An Energy Performance Certificate, otherwise known as an EPC, provides an energy rating for a home.
The EPC outlines some ideas which help to improve the building’s energy performance. Implementing these can lead to lower energy bills, reduced carbon deposits and can make homes more attractive to potential buyers.
Q: WHAT ADVICE SHOULD LANDLORDS BE GIVING TO TENANTS SO THEY CAN MINIMISE THE RISK?
A: Landlords should inform tenants of the potential risk from Legionella and advise them on any actions arising from the Risk
Assessment this may include:
Controlling the release of water spray or stored water
Raising the temperature of water – this can cause a scalding risk, so thermostatic mixing valves should be installed
Showers that are rarely used, for example, should be flushed through regularly and water should not be left to stagnate
The risk increases with age but some people are at higher risk including:
People over 45 years of age
Smokers and heavy drinkers
People suffering from chronic respiratory or kidney disease
Diabetes, lung and heart disease
Anyone with an impaired immune system
Show if any electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded
Reveal any poor electrical work
Discover any potential safety risks such as electrical shocks
Establish the adequacy of earthing or bonding
Check the serviceability of equipment
Determine the extent of any wear and tear and damage
SMOKE AND CO ALARMS
By law from 1 October 2015 landlords are required to ensure alarms are installed in their properties. The regulations stipulate that smoke alarms are to be installed on every level of the property and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance.
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