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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.