Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1994
A Gas Safety Certificate is required under the Gas Safety Regulations 1994. These regulations came into effect on 31 October 1994 to ensure that gas appliances are properly installed and maintained in a safe condition so to avoid the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning.
It is the responsibility of landlords of domestic properties that ALL Gas Appliances and Gas Installation Pipework owned by them are checked for safety at least once a year by a member of the Council of Registered Gas Installers (CORGI). A current Safety Certificate must be available for any tenant prior to them taking occupation of a property. Failure to comply with these regulations will lead to prosecution with penalties of imprisonment or fines up to £5,000.
Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994
These regulations state that any landlord supplying electrical equipment must ensure that it is safe and will not cause danger and meet their regulations.
The electrical equipment (safety regulation 1994) covers all mains household goods including washing machines, kettle leads, plugs and sockets etc. The plug and socket safety regulation 1994 covers all plugs and sockets and insulations. Along with the consumer act 1987 section 39, all impose an obligation on the supplier (LANDLORD) to ensure that all this equipment, earthing and cabling is safe and must be able to prove so. Also, under the consumer protection act 1987 section 39 you must ensure that there is no risk of injury or death to humans or animals or risk or damage to the property.
It can be deemed to be adequate defence to show that you have taken all necessary steps to ensure that your properties compliance. Although the law says the electrics have to be safe, how do you know they are safe if you do not have them checked out? Due to the increase in the number of electrocutions and electrical fires and alarmingly deaths that have occurred due to electric shocks, it is believed that even with brand new properties it is impossible to ensure that the portable appliances meet the requirements unless they have been tested.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)
It has been a legal requirement, since 1 October 2008, for all landlords to have a valid EPC for their property before it can be let.
The EPC is information about a property’s energy use and energy costs, and recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money.
An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years.
Nicolsons can able to arrange for EPC to be carried out on your behalf in order to avoid any delays letting your property.
For more information on how we can arrange your EPC immediately, call 01922 780070 or contact us here.
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