What is the new MOT style change to Gas Certification?

There was a gas safety update which came in to force from 6th April 2018, these are the (The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) (Amendment) – GSIU Regs).

Landlords can now carry out annual gas safety checks in the two months before the due date and retain the existing expiry date so they are not losing their full twelve month validity period.

The changes to GSIUR in no way means that there is a relaxing of the regulatory requirements nor any reduction of safety standards as the aim is to introduce some flexibility to the timing of the Landlord`s annual gas checks. Hopefully this will prevent landlords waiting until the last minute and then not being able to get access or having to shorten the twelve month period in order to be legally compliant.

Do remember if access is a problem, referral back to the tenancy agreement should confirm that the Landlord has access for maintenance and any safety check work which is required. If a tenant refuses access, force CANNOT be used to enter the property but the tenant will need to be made aware, in writing, of the danger they have placed themselves and the property in.

The landlord must be able to show they have taken all reasonable steps to comply with the law – repeated attempts to gain access and a written record of letters to the tenant explaining the legal requirement and their position on safety.

If a tenant is difficult, there may be good reasons but get the dialogue started, be legal and be safe for both parties!

At Sunshine I offer a consultancy based service for landlords, if you are struggling with any of the rules and regulations get in touch. You can find out more about the services I offer on my website here or e-mail me at phil@sunshinerl.co.uk