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Electrical and Gas Safety

We are committed to providing private landlords and agents with quality information to help them to operate successful businesses now and into the future.

Information for Landlords

Our aim is to improve conditions in the private sector and to prevent homelessness, it is therefore essential that we support and encourage responsible renting and should you have any issues you wish to discuss then please contact our Housing Services team.

The electrical Safety Council publish a leaflet 'Landlords Guide to Electrical Safety'.

More information on gas safety can be found on the DirectGov website.

Things you should know: Electrical Safety

In private rented and Houses in Multiple Occupation there may be an increased loading on the electrical installation, outlets can easily become damaged. Electrical appliances and wiring are the second most common source of fire in the home.

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Things you should know: Gas Safety

Carbon monoxide from unsafe appliances can kill. People die every year from appliances that have not been properly installed or maintained.

There is a legal duty on landlords to carry out a safety check each year under The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, further details can be found in the leaflet Gas Appliances - get them checked, keep them safe, produced by the Health and Safety Executive.

The Housing (Houses in Multiple Occupation) Management Regulations also require that the gas installation and appliances be properly maintained.

Both laws will be met if:

Landlords are not responsible for the maintenance of installations and appliances owned by tenants and flues solely provided for these appliances.

The Gas Safe Register can be used to check that your contractor is registered.

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