Gas Safety Changes To Bring Flexibility To Landlords
9th March 2018
New regulations will be introduced in April 2018 to amend the current gas safety legislation; the amendment, Gas Safety (Installation and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2018, allow for greater flexibility in when landlords can carry out their gas safety check without losing the current expiry date.
Under the current system, some landlords are incentivised to wait until the last minute to carry out gas safety checks so they do not lose a month or so expiry of the current certificate. Carrying out gas safety checks last minute may lead to access problems, unavailability of trained gas safe technicians, etc.
The changes coming into effect on the 6th April 2018 will allow gas safety checks to be carried out up to two months before the expiration date on their current certificate whilst still retaining the same expiration day and month for the following year. This means there will be absolutely no excuse to fail to carry out the legally required gas safety checks. By not shortening the annual lifecycle of the current gas safety certificate, landlords will be less incentivised to carry out safety checks at the last minute.
The new rules are not a way of relaxing or circumventing the need for a gas safety check but instead to provide landlords with the flexibility of carrying out their legal obligations by providing landlords more control over when they have the checks carried out whilst still being able to "get their monies worth" for their current certificate.
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