I’m told that one of the rules of writing a good blog is to have an interesting first sentence to hook the reader in and grab their attention. But instead of that – I’m going to tell you about a change in gas regulations.
Dull as this may sound though, it’s very important. If you’re a landlord with gas supplied to your properties, please read this. It’s some text that I’ve stolen directly from an excellent newsletter that my colleagues in the council’s Health and Safety team have put out (so my thanks to them).
I’ve copy and pasted the text below. (Under the line). It’s short, simple and self-explanatory. I have highlighted two points in red that seem particularly important and would just add one thing. Even if your property does not have any gas appliances present – you might still be legally required to have a gas safety check if there is any gas pipe-work present. Pipes from the meter are your responsibility and unless the gas supply has been specifically blocked – you will probably need a gas safety check, even if all appliances have been removed. If you have any doubts at all about your responsibilities, speak to a Gas Safe qualified engineer.
Gas Appliances (Enforcement) and Miscellaneous Amendments
Came into force 21 April 2018 – applicable to UK. The regulations provide for the
enforcement of Regulation (EU) 2016/426 in relation to gas appliances and fittings
placed on the market from 1 April 2018.
Gas Safety (Installation and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2018
Came into force 6 April 2018 – applicable to England, Scotland and Wales.
The regulations amend the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.
The changes include:
• landlords must keep records of gas safety checks until they have evidence of
two further checks;
• landlords may have a safety certification up to two months before the expiry
date, while still preserving the anniversary date;
• landlords must keep records relating to equipment which has been removed
from the premises, for a period of two years from the date of the last check;
• landlords are permitted a two-month delayed gas safety check on a single
occasion in order to bring all appliances at a premise onto the same gas
safety visit date;
• the regulations will no longer apply to certain gas compression installations
which are downstream of isolation valves; and
• if an engineer finds it is not reasonably practicable to examine the operating
pressure or heat input of an appliance, the engineer must examine its
combustion performance instead.