Gas Safety Regulations
Under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1994 and the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 1996, where gas is supplied to a property, all gas appliances in that property must be inspected and serviced at least once in every 12 months. The gas appliances at the property will have already been inspected within the previous 12 months and the Gas Safety Inspection Record will either be at the property or enclosed within this pack. If the annual inspection becomes due during the term of your tenancy then your landlord/managing agent will arrange for a CORGI engineer to attend the property and carry out the safety inspection under the above mentioned regulations. The regulations were brought in to protect you from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and it is imperative that you allow access for the engineer to carry out this very important safety check.
Your landlord/managing agent will need to arrange to remedy any defect, fault or repair found to be necessary following the safety check. Should you suspect a gas leak at anytime ring Transco immediately on 0800 111999 – do not wait
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon Monoxide can be given off by appliances that burn fossil fuels such as coal, coke, charcoal, wood or oil. It is not just confined to gas fires or boilers. It is odourless, colourless and tasteless which makes it difficult to detect, but the effects are deadly.
Please check the following:
there is adequate ventilation in the room which houses the appliance and this ventilation is not blocked up doors and windows are not “draught proof” so as to prevent ventilation if the room has double glazing make sure there is adequate ventilation chimneys and flues are professionally swept on a regular basis the throat plate should be cleaned monthly ash is removed regularly appliances and flues should be professionally serviced on an annual basis whether the flame in an appliance is burning orange or yellow instead of blue sooty stains on or just above appliances coal or wood fires that burn slowly or gout the fire is difficult to light smoke in the room portable heaters, which do not need a flue, still have adequate ventilation
In any of these cases carbon monoxide may be present!
If you suffer unexplained symptoms such as:
you could be suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. Switch off your appliances and see your doctor at once. If the suspected leak is from a gas appliance ring Transco immediately on 0800 111999. Do not wait.
Houses in Multiple Occupancy
Significant changes are being implemented as a direct consequence of the Housing Act 2004. These changes relate to Houses In Multiple Occupations or "HMOs". Although the Housing Act 2004 laid down the primary legislation the actual regulations have only been published in recent weeks. It is compulsory to license larger, higher-risk HMO’s. Councils are also able to license other types of HMO to tackle problems in smaller properties. A house in multiple occupation (HMO) is a house or flat occupied by people who do not live as a single household. These properties include: bedsits shared houses hostels lodgings some hotels or bed and breakfast establishments houses that have been converted into self-contained flats It is an offence if the landlord or person in Control of the property: Fails to apply for a license for a licensable property.
Allows a property to be occupied by more people than are permitted under the license. This a new and complex area where information from the government is developing rapidly;
http://www.ealing.gov.uk/services/housing/hmos/ or www.propertylicense.gov.uk can provide further information.
Tenancy Deposit Scheme
Many tenants in the private sector give their landlords a deposit against possible non payment of rent or damage to property. When a tenancy comes to an end, there is usually no disagreement about the return of the deposit. But sometimes there is, and this can cause much hardship and inconvenience to both the landlord and the tenant.
The Tenancy Deposit Scheme for Regulated Agents (TDSRA) has been developed to ensure that the deposits they hold are protected and that disputes about their return are resolved swiftly inexpensively and impartially.
Under the Scheme:
Deposits will be protected during the tenancy where there is no dispute at the end of the tenancy, deposits will be returned promptly where there is a dispute about the return of the deposit it will be dealt with fairly by the Independent Complaints Examiner (ICE). The ICE will make his decision quickly, and the deposit will be paid out without unnecessary delay.
Regulated agents are:
members of the Association of Residential Letting Agents, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the National Association of Estate Agents, or other bodies which regulate the activities of their members in the private rented sector ; and covered by a recognised bonding scheme which protects and insures money they are holding on behalf of landlords and tenants. Agents who are not part of TDSRA may be compelled to join a statutory scheme which requires them to place deposits with an independent third party. The agent managing the property holds the deposit in their own bank account (or in a special client account if their total deposits are above a certain amount). A company called The Dispute Service (The Dispute Service Limited) has been set up to ensure deposit protection.
If there is no dispute the agent will keep or repay the deposit, according to their agreement with the tenant and the landlord. If there is a dispute, the agent has a couple of weeks to resolve it. After that, any of the parties – landlord, agent or tenant – can approach the ICE. He will appoint an adjudicator to assist him in considering the evidence they provide, and will issue his decision within 10 working days of receiving the all the necessary papers. The agent will transfer the deposit to The Dispute Service Limited. It administers an Assurance Fund, which enables the ICE to carry on with an adjudication and to pay out the deposit even if the agent has not sent it to him. The Dispute Service Limited will pay out the deposit according to the instructions of the ICE following his award. If the agent has not sent the deposit, The Dispute Service Limited will draw it from the Assurance Fund. Further information can be obtained from http://www.tds.gb.com/ The service is free to tenants.