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Why having students at home means you have duties under gas regulations

Why having students at home means you have duties under gas regulations

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. A landlord is anyone who rents out a property they own under a lease or a license that is shorter than seven years.

This includes therefore situations where rooms are let to either students or lodgers. At a time when people will be taking in foreign exchange students over the summer it’s important they remember that they are deemed a landlord in the context of gas safety regulations and therefore required to meet their duties towards gas safety.

These duties are summarised as:

1.       To ensure gas appliances and flues are adequately maintained.

2.       To ensure an annual safety check is carried out on gas equipment and flues.

 

Further information

A simple guide to landlords’ legal responsibilities to gas safety

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