Each Year more than thirty people die from Carbon Monoxide poisoning caused by gas appliances which had not been properly maintained. When it does not burn properly, excess carbon monoxide is produced. This is a poisonous, odorless and colorless gas.

The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 places a duty on all landlords.

1. landlords are responsible for making sure the gas fittings, flues and appliances are maintained in good order and checked for safety every 12 months. Records of the safety shall be kept for two years and issued to the existing tenants and any other new tenants before they move in.

2. safety checks, servicing, repair and replacement of all these appliances must only be carried out by a competent contractor, registered with the Council for Registered Gas Installers (CORGI) - 01256 372 300.

3. installers must tell the landlord if an appliance is found to be unsafe. You will be asked to agree to the disconnection of the appliance, should you refuse, Transco will be informed, who have the right to disconnect dangerous appliances without consent. By law landlords must not allow the use of gas appliance or fittings which are known to be defective.

4. with effect from January 1st 1996, open flued gas fires or boilers must not be fitted in any room where people sleep. Balanced flue appliances or those with an automatic safety cut off device are permitted.

5. since October 31st 1998, it has been illegal to install instantaneous water heaters which are not room sealed or fitted with an automatic safety cut off device.

Carbon Monoxide detectors recommended.

Reliable electronic carbon monoxide detectors which comply with British Standard 7860 are available from Safecert but you should not rely upon these alone. The safest approach is to undertake regular servicing and testing of all appliances in compliance with the regulations. In future the use of such detectors in rented accommodation may become mandatory.

Rights of Entry (see below)

Tenants must allow access to complete a gas safety check given reasonable notice both by law and under their tenancy agreement.