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Landlords - Changes to the issuing of Gas Safety Certificates on 1 January 2013

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7 November 2012

The HSE have introduced a change in the guidance rules for gas safety engineers, commencing on 1 January 2013.

Already, gas safety engineers are required to inspect the flue as part of the inspection process. From 1 January 2013, where the flue is hidden in a void of the building, or is 'boxed' in by an installer, then an inspection hatch will need to have been fitted by the owner, allowing access to the engineer for inspection.

Under the new guidance, if the engineer cannot access and inspect the entire flue, then s/he will have to declare the flue to be at risk and after asking the householder's consent, will be able to turn off the boiler system and formally advise not to use the boiler until inspection hatches have been fitted at the appropriate places. Hatches need to be fitted within 1.5m of a join in the flue, and must be a minimum of 300mm square.

In practical terms, the changes will place a responsibility on landlords to make sure that inspection hatches are fitted. Where landlords fail to do so, their tenants could turn off the boiler which in turn will allow the tenants to withhold rent payments, and/or make a disrepair claim against the landlord.

Landlords are therefore advised to review their boiler systems and have inspection hatches installed where necessary.

Author: Inam Ali is an Associate Solicitor at Lawdit Solicitors, and can be contacted at inam.ali@lawdit.co.uk


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