Landlords must inspect against the silent killer

Property investors in the UK must ensure that their property is adequately protected against what has been termed the "silent killer".

The National Landlords Association has this week launched its national Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week (November 15th).

Carbon monoxide is impossible to detect with the senses, because it is colourless and odourless.

Richard Price, the NLA's director of operations, reported: "By taking a few simple precautions landlords can ensure appliances are working correctly and tenants will be kept safe.

"The most important thing is to ensure all gas appliances are inspected by a registered gas installer annually.

"Landlords must give their tenant a copy of the safety check record."

It could also be a good idea to install a carbon dioxide detector, in order to help tenants.

However, this is no substitute for performing adequate inspections. Landlords should inform occupants that they are responsible for making sure they use devices safely.

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Published on: November 15, 2010

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