New landlord legal requirements on gas safety come into force on April 1st and a Gas Safe Register (GSF) official has urged those in the private rented sector to be aware of the changes.

According to Peter Eldridge, chief executive of the GSF, which will become the official industry stamp for gas safety from the same date, private landlords need to carry out regulator safety checks on gas installations at their properties.

He told 24Dash.com: "All gas equipment, including any appliance left by a previous tenant, must be checked for safety or removed from the property before you re-let it."

The GSF last month warned that DIY gas work from private landlords could put the lives of their tenants at risk.

Ann Robinson, director of public awareness at the GSF, urged homeowners not to avoid the assistance of gas installation experts in order to save money during the current recession.

Despite the potential dangers, some 40 per cent of people in a survey said they were prepared to fit gas appliances themselves, the GSF revealed.ADNFCR-2002-ID-19058750-ADNFCR

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