Author: Guy Murphy, Gas Tag
Landlords and housing providers are being encouraged to arrange and carry out annual gas safety checks as early as possible to help mitigate against any potential issues caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. There have been no changes to regulations regarding the repair and maintenance of gas pipework, flues, and appliances. Landlords are expected to ensure an annual gas safety check is carried out and that they keep a record of each safety check.
Make use of MOT-style servicing
Gas Safe Register is encouraging housing providers to make use of MOT style servicing and the flexibility to carry out annual gas safety checks up to two months before the deadline date. The original deadline date will be retained as if the check was carried out on the deadline. The two-month period should allow housing providers enough contingency to ensure compliance in homes.
Unable to access
If a resident is self-isolating it is important a housing provider or contractor does not enter the property. Public Health England guidance advises that they should not put themselves in a situation where they could be in contact with someone isolating and therefore at risk. Where unable to access due to self-isolation, providers and contractors are advised:
- Keep records of discussions with residents who are self-isolating;
- Save all correspondence from the tenant;
- Advise engineers that they should not be putting themselves in danger.