Just after two weeks since the new Gas Safe Register replaced the Corgi scheme as the nationally-recognised accreditation for gas safety in the UK, private landlords have been warned about their conduct.

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), landlord responsibilities include ensuring a registered professional undertakes work on any gas appliances in their property.

It is important not to cut corners in regard to gas safety, the regulatory body said.

HSE inspector Matthew Tackling remarked: "People needlessly die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning due to a lack of effective maintenance of gas appliances.

"Annual safety checks must be carried out by a competent and registered gas engineer."

Gas Safety Records must be received, checked and kept for a minimum of two years, he added, before reminding landlords that their tenants must have a copy of the certificate.

These warnings come after an Essex landlord had to pay £20,000 in fines and court costs when he was found guilty of breaching five Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.

Written by Mark Garner

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