Thanks to a reader I was informed about an extremely vital change regarding gas safety legal obligations, which concerns ALL landlords.
On 8 September 2008, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) awarded a new 10 year contract to Capita Group plc to provide a new registration scheme for gas installers. This will begin on 1 April 2009 and will, with immediate effect, replace the current CORGI system that is currently in place. These changes will be of significance to landlords and tenants.
What does this all mean?
Basically, Landlords were, by law, required to get a yearly Gas Safety Certificate and Gas repairs/maintenance by a CORGI registered gas engineer. From April 2009, Landlords should ensure that all current and future gas engineers are registered with Capita in order to meet their legal obligations- NOT CORGI!
I have a Gas Safety Certificate that doesn’t expire until after April 2009
If this case, don’t worry. The current certificate will remain legal until it expires. Once that happens, you’ll be obligated to get a new safety certificate by a Capita registered gas engineer.
I’m sure I don’t need to stress this, however…..a landlord has considerable legal obligations in relation to the safety standards of gas installations and appliances in their properties, the changes to the gas registration scheme are of the utmost importance. Landlords that don’t comply with any legal obligation could get into serious shit! You’ve been warned :)
Thanks once again to the reader that pointed me in the right direction.
Disclaimer: I'm just a simple landlord blogger, I am not qualified to give legal advice. Any advice I give is my opinion based on my experience. I will always recommend you seek legal or professional advice on any legal matters!