12:15 PM, 12th September 2022, About 4 weeks ago 2
Landlord Action is issuing a reminder to landlords on the importance of carrying out annual gas safety checks – and a request to tenants to ensure they grant the necessary access to landlords to facilitate this.
They point to a recent survey that reveals nearly half of landlords have, at some point, been denied access their rental property to carry out the checks.
The revelation comes as the organisation supports Gas Safety Week, which is taking place this week.
All landlords renting properties with gas appliances have a legal duty to carry out a gas safety inspection every year by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
A copy of the gas safety certificate must then be issued to the tenants.
However, a survey carried last month out by Landlord Action found that 46% of landlords have been denied access to their rental property to carry out routine checks or gas safety inspections, making compliance extremely difficult.
Paul Shamplina, the founder of Landlord Action, says: “Gas safety checks are not only a landlord’s legal obligation, but they are also imperative to ensuring the safety of the property and the tenants living there.
“Of course, sometimes it comes down to when is convenient, but when tenants continually deny access, it becomes a real problem.”
Landlord Action is currently in the process of putting forward a case for introducing a discretionary ground for possession of unreasonably refusing landlords access for inspections.
This would help give landlords the necessary authority when requesting access.
Mr Shamplina said: “As the market evolves and the balance of power shifts towards the tenant, landlords are contacting us with increasingly complex legal challenges, which are likely to broaden in the future as the sector reforms.
“We already offer access injunctions to complete gas safety checks and are currently looking at what other support landlords may need.”
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