Landlord gas safety inspections, servicing and repairs

Landlord Gas Safety Check

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Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Regulations

The fire service recommend interconnecting system long life or mains smoke alarms throughout the property.

The regulations do not stipulate where the alarms should be placed, just that at least one smoke alarm should be on every level and a carbon monoxide alarm in every room containing a solid fuel burning appliance. You should follow the individual manufacturer’s instructions when installing the alarms.

However, in general, smoke alarms should be fixed to the ceiling in a circulation space, ie a hall or a landing, and carbon monoxide alarms should be positioned at head height, either on a wall or shelf, approximately 1 to 3 meters away from a potential source of carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide alarms are only required in rooms containing a solid fuel burning appliance (ie rooms containing an open fire, log burning stove, etc).

However, as gas appliances can emit carbon monoxide, we would expect and encourage reputable landlords to ensure that working carbon monoxide alarms are installed in rooms with these.

General Maintenance

Thermostatic Radiator Valves open and close automatically as the room temperature changes. They sense the air temperature in the room. Thermostatic radiator valves don’t cause the boiler to fire up and send water round the heating system. The heating has to be on anyway. When a heating demand is on, the radiator will heat up if the thermostatic radiator valve is open.
If the room gets warm enough, the thermostatic radiator valve will start to close down, restricting the water flow through the radiator. If the room air gets too warm, the thermostatic radiator valve will stop the flow through the radiator completely, until the room gets cooler. The radiator will start to cool down and may go cold if the room stays too warm. That’s normal.

Thermostatic radiator valves are notorious for becoming stuck, they often become faulty as they get older. If they are left in the closed position over the summer they commonly stick in that position. When they are turned back up to a higher number in the autumn little or no heat comes into the radiator.

Ideally, the thermostatic radiator valves are left open during the summer when the heating is turned off to help avoid the pins sticking.

LandLord Gas Safety Check

The Gas Safe Register maintain the register of businesses and operatives who are competent to undertake both piped natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) work in Great Britain, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and Guernsey.

Gas Safe registered engineers carry an identity card which consumers are encouraged to ask an engineer for before they have gas work carried out in their home.  The front of the card has a photograph, a registration number and an expiry date and the reverse shows the different categories of work that the engineer is qualified to undertake, e.g. cookers, boilers, gas fires.

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