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
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2012-12-17 09:04:46 in Legal Articles