Landlords 'falling foul' of gas safety laws

by Sarah Ashcroft

Landlords could be failing to live up to the terms of their tenancy agreements by failing to check the safety of gas appliances, a new survey has revealed.

Around a third (34 per cent) of tenants are currently living in properties where gas certificates are out-of-date, the research from shows.

Of this figure, 14 per cent said the last gas safety check was carried out on their rented property more than a year ago, while 20 per cent have not seen an assessment being carried out at all.

"If a tenant is injured in the property - or worse - by a gas-related incident, the landlord could well face prosecution," advised director Matt Hutchinson.

Lee Grandin, managing director of Landlord Mortgages, recently claimed that the buy-to-let market is especially popular at the moment, especially as rental yields start to increase.

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Published on: May 4, 2011

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