My Landlord Hasn’t Carried Out Gas And Electric Tests – What Do I Do?
If you are in a situation where your landlord has not carried out gas and electric tests you may be wondering what you should do to deal with the situation. The first thing you should do is find out whether they have failed to carry out the checks that they are legally obligated to carry out. The law protects you, as it is your landlord’s responsibility to ensure the following: –
- That gas services are safe and working
- That electric services are safe and working
- That electrical equipment/appliances are safe
- That gas equipment/appliances are safe
Part of ensuring the safety of the gas and electricity in a rented house will be ensuring that adequate safety checks are carried out on a regular basis. How often checks are carried out will be dependent on the check that is taking place. If your landlord hasn’t carried out checks in line with timescales below, you may be able to get legal help.
– For the all gas systems in a property: A gas safety check should be conducted once a year for all gas appliances and flues in a property. The certificate for this check should be able to be provided to a tenant within a month of its occurrence. If you are a new tenant in a property you should be able to see a copy of the gas safety record before you move in.
– For gas appliances within a property: these should be serviced in line with the guidelines given by the appliance’s manufacturer. If the appliance does not have guidelines a qualified gas engineer should check it at least once a year.
– For electrical systems in a property: Electrical tests should take approximately every ten years from the date the initial installation by an electrician, or date of the previous check. If you are living in a house of multiple occupation (HMO) then the electrical tests should take place every 5 years.
– For electrical equipment: specialist companies will be able to service items and your landlord should ensure that checks take place as advised by the product’s manufacturer or as advised by a specialist.
If your landlord has not conducted the relevant checks in the relevant timescales they will not be fulfilling one of their legal responsibilities as a landlord. The first step that you should take is to ask your landlord about the issue. You may find that bringing the matter up will lead to a quick resolution of the problem. If the checks have slipped their mind, or took place when you were not around, the matter will be dealt with rapidly. Should your landlord be refusing to carry out checks the next step will be to contact a lawyer to find out the best way to deal with the situation.