With a nearly a week gone by since the Gas Safe Register took over from Corgi as the official gas safety body for the UK, the new organisation in charge has noted down landlord responsibilities related to the issue.

Private landlords should be aware that they have to keep a record of each safety check they undertake for two years, according to the Gas Safe Register website.

These checks must be carried out every year by an engineer who is accredited by the new gas safety body.

Landlords then have 28 days to get a gas safety certificate handed out to the tenants as this is a legal requirement.

Alternatively, if the property safety check has been undertaken before the tenancy agreement begins, the new resident can be given the document ahead of their arrival at the property.

Corgi's scheme had been in place since the early 1990s, but was replaced this month in order to raise awareness of the importance of gas safety in UK homes.

Written by Claire Doyle

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