Landlords must use registered gas fitters

The importance of the CORGI gas registration scheme has been highlighted to landlords, after an illegal gas fitter was fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Clive Farrant from Chelmsford used a false CORGI registration number, leading him to carry out work at a number of properties under false pretences, leaving homeowners at considerable risk.

Paul Johnston, chief executive of Gas Safe Register, noted that landlords should check official documentation to ascertain whether people have the credentials they say they do.

"Don't just take their word for it. Check they are on the Gas Safe Register and check their ID card when they arrive at your door," he added.

Landlords are legally required to keep their properties gas safe, which involves having checks carried out every 12 months.

Records of the inspection need to be retained for two years, with copies issued to everyone who has a tenancy agreement within 28 days of the work being completed.

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Published on: May 13, 2011

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