Private landlords and the tenants renting properties off them may wish to take note of the latest research from the Gas Safe Register.

According to the official body for gas safety in the UK, there are an estimated 7,500 illegal gas fitters doing jobs in the country without the required qualifications.

Over half (57 per cent) of these unscrupulous workers are sole traders, while one-third represent companies that employ fewer than four people. The register also revealed that Accent carried out the research on its behalf last month.

Highlighting the potential severity of poorly maintained gas systems, Gas Safe Register's national investigations manager Phill Brewster said: "One in ten of the illegal gas installations we investigated in the last nine months have been immediately dangerous."

In these cases, appliances had to be disabled straight away for the safety of the people living in the respective properties, he added.

Tenants should be aware that they have the right to request a copy of their property's gas safety certificate at the start of their tenancy.

Private landlords are legally required to undertake regular checks on gas safety appliances.

Written by Mark Garner

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