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New Gas Safety Scheme from 1 April 2009


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19 February 2009

Landlords of domestic properties will already be aware of their statutory obligations to comply with the Gas Safety Regulations 1998 designed to protect tenants from unsafe gas appliances.  These include:

    * A duty to keep gas appliances and flues safe;

    * A duty to ensure that gas appliances are checked every 12 months and to keep detailed records of those checks; and

    * A duty to ensure that the checks are made by a CORGI registered engineer.

From 1 April 2009, the CORGI registration scheme will be replaced with a new gas safety scheme called the “Gas Safe Register”.  It will be the official industry stamp for gas safety, which will be maintained and enforced by the Health and Safety Executive.

Residential landlords should check that anyone carrying out work on gas appliances or flues is registered under the new Gas Safe Register.  CORGI registration will no longer carry any statutory force.

In the commercial sector, landlords and employers should check that any installer of gas appliances or flues is registered under the Gas Safe Register.

There has been little publicity about the Gas Safe Register so landlords and managing agents may be surprised to learn about the changes.  There is no grace period so landlords and managing agents are urged to act now before 1 April 2009.  Those with long term contracts to carry out gas safety inspections and maintenance should check now that their contractor is registered or registering under the new scheme and to ensure, from 1 April 2009, that they keep records of the engineer’s new registration.

© Davenport Lyons 2009. All rights reserved.

This document reflects the law and practice as at February 2009. It is general in nature, and does not purport in any way to be comprehensive or a substitute for specialist legal advice in individual circumstances.

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