Buy-to-let landlords are being reminded that they have a responsibility to ensure that gas boilers are in safe working order.
According to a survey by flatshare website SpareRoom.co.uk, some 36 per cent of tenants are renting out properties with out-of-date gas safety certificates.
Furthermore, a quarter of those questioned said they had never been given a certificate by their landlords showing that gas appliances had been checked.
Annual gas safety checks by engineers on the Gas Safe Register are a legal requirement for anyone renting out a property.
But SpareRoom.co.uk said that many landlords, particularly those forced to let homes because they cannot sell them, are unaware of this.
"While professional landlords have many years of experience and know the tenancy rules and regulations inside out, amateur landlords who buy second properties to rent out as a long-term investment may not have any previous experience of the rental market," explained the website's director Matt Hutchinson.
It is also a legal requirement for landlords to provide prospective tenants with an Energy Performance Certificate giving details of the property's energy efficiency rating.
Published on: April 22, 2010