GAS SAFE NEWS 2012
Landlords could be putting students’ lives at risk
25th September 2012
Gas Safe Register issues warning to students: know your
Gas Safe Register is warning students who are about to move into
rented accommodation of rogue landlords. This comes as new research
has found that private rental landlords in Great Britain are
ignoring their legal responsibilities to keep tenants safe. Only
half of tenants received a gas safety record when they moved into
their property, despite this being a legal requirement for
landlords to provide.
By law, landlords must ensure gas appliances in their rented
properties are checked annually and regularly serviced by a Gas
Safe registered engineer. Tenants must also be given an up-to-date
landlord gas safety record.
Earlier this year a landlord from Oxford was fined for
endangering the lives of his student tenants after he failed to
provide safety records for gas appliances at a property he rented
out in Didcot. The students suffered from carbon monoxide (CO)
poisoning, a deadly gas which can be mistaken for a hangover or
As students head back to university and move into private rented
accommodation, Gas Safe Register is urging them to follow these top
tips to stay safe:
- Always ask for a copy of the landlord’s current gas safety
record before you move in.
- If you think a gas appliance is faulty, turn it off and let
your landlord know immediately.
- Don’t mistake carbon monoxide poisoning with a hangover or flu.
The six symptoms include headaches, nausea, breathlessness,
collapse, dizziness, loss of consciousness.
- In an emergency call the gas emergency helpline on 0800 111
Download Gas Safe Register’s student factsheet for all the
information you need to stay safe at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk/students.
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