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Letting agency ignored need for property’s gas safety checks

TORPC
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Letting agency ignored need for property’s gas safety checks

[quote= http://press.hse.gov.uk/2014/letting-agency-ignored-need-for-propertys-gas-safety-checks/?ebul=hsegen&cr=3/18-aug-14]Date:
15 August 2014
A Birmingham lettings agency has been fined after failing to ensure gas safety checks were made on a property it managed, potentially putting tenants’ lives at risk.
MT Properties Central Ltd, based in Small Heath, failed to arrange the statutory landlord gas safety check on the property it leased to tenants in Stechford, and subsequently failed to produce any confirmation the checks had been carried out.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was made aware of concerns over the existence of a gas safety record for the property and tried several times to get a response from the company. After hearing nothing from them, HSE issued an Improvement Notice on the company on 16 August 2013.
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itsme
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Re: Letting agency ignored need for property’s gas safety checks

Don't know why it should just be landlords that have to carry out gas safety checks it should be every house.
TORPC
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Re: Letting agency ignored need for property’s gas safety checks

I agree with you on that
I also feel that many a home owner(s) potentially put themselves / their families / friends at risk
Community Veteran
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Registered: 27-10-2012

Re: Letting agency ignored need for property’s gas safety checks

A lot of home insurance policies require annual safety checks on gas appliances now (if you read the small print).
Whether people do or not is another question though.
nanotm
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Re: Letting agency ignored need for property’s gas safety checks

landlords do have to get the checks done, however letting agents are legally obliged to hold a copy of any such checks and if they are near to expiry must advise the landlord to get one asap, if the cert(s) have expired the letting agents are supposed to delist  the property from advertisements until that situation is rectified if its occupied then there supposed to inform the tenants of the problem and put them in a hotel until the problem is resolved (where it will take more than 15 days to rectify the problem)  unless they are the propert management type letting agents who arrange for all the repairs, in which case there legally obliged to sort out getting the certs renewed and sending the copy to the landlord ......
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