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14 December 2016
We’re at that time of year when the weather can change from being relatively mild to quickly plunge into sub-zero temperatures. When temperatures plunge, plumbing and heating systems feel the strain and become prone to bursts and breakdowns and often requiring urgent assistance from emergency plumbers.
06 November 2016
Gas Safe have discovered unsafe gas appliances in one-fifth (21 per cent) of privately-rented accommodation - which means that 2.7 million people could be living in dangerous housing. Previous research since 2010 determined that one in six houses contained unsafe gas appliances. However, latest data suggests that rented properties contain more unsafe appliances, with one in five affected.
31 October 2016
Control of the thermostat is often a cause for disagreement in many homes. A recent survey has calculated that the difference in temperatures preferred by women compared to men costs up to £425 a year more in heating bills!
29 September 2016
The Your Plumber service is now available to local homes and businesses in the Slough, Maidenhead and Uxbridge areas.
14 June 2016
In the context of gas safety, the term ‘landlord’ is most commonly associated with owners of domestic flats and houses that are rented either privately or through a letting agent.
However, when it comes to duties under gas safe regulations, the term ‘landlord’ has a wider meaning than some realise.
10 May 2016
The legal framework for gas regulation is set out in the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. Under Regulation 36, landlords are determined to have two main duties:
(1) To ensure gas fittings and flues are maintained and in safe condition. (2) To ensure an annual safety check is carried out on each gas appliance/flue.
09 May 2016
There is often confusion as to the differences between a routine maintenance service and a gas safety check or inspection. This is especially the case for landlords who have added legal duties.
26 April 2016
There is much confusion and debate regarding the interpretation of landlords’ responsibilities when it comes to legionella testing in rental properties. Guidance on the HSE website even appears contradictory in places.
11 April 2016
A gas engineer has been prosecuted for removing potentially dangerous asbestos removal during a gas boiler replacement, putting himself and others at risk from exposure to asbestos fibres.
15 March 2016
A London based landlord has been given an eight week suspended prison sentence for gas safety failings.