Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the risks tenants face due to malfunctioning and illegal appliances.
According to Britain’s official gas safety authority, the Gas Safe Register, over a fifth of the 43,000 private rental sector properties that were analysed last year were unsafe, and in danger of causing a fire or leaking carbon monoxide.
A high level of carbon monoxide in a property affects both tenants and landlords. Besides being a threat to tenants’ health and safety, it can also have negative legal and financial consequences for landlords.
This was the case with a Luton investor who got 150 hours of community service, a £5,000 fine, costs of £10,000 and a suspended prison sentence, all because a tenant reported to the National Grid his concerns about his boiler leaking gas.
As recommended by LetRisks, landlords should make sure all installations, maintenance and safety checks are conducted by a Gas Safe Registered engineer.
Moreover, despite tenants’ responsibility to be safety conscious, landlords should verify tenants’ awareness of emergency procedures and their agreement to any gas safety checks conducted.
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