WE have joined fellow landlords in pledging our support to the Gas Access Campaign.
The campaign is calling for housing associations to be given the same powers as local authorities to access a tenant’s property to conduct gas safety checks.
Under the current regulations, local authorities can apply to court to gain lawful entry using a warrant from a magistrate within a day of a tenant refusing access. However, it can take a housing association, after following the legal process, as long as four months before they have access to a resident’s property.
Having recently been questioned by the Government, the Association of Gas Safety Managers, *CORGI Technical Services Ltd, the **Home Groupand over 100 landlords, are urging the Housing Minster, Brandon Lewis, to meet with campaign supporters to discuss the issue.
Under The Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations housing associations and local authorities are legally required to annually check that gas appliances and flues in their properties are safe.
However, as the law does not allow housing associations a swift and efficient means to access a property when a tenant repeatedly misses appointments or refuses entry, the campaign is calling for a change to the regulations.
“We’re proud to support the Gas Safety Access Campaign,” said Denise Kent, Commercial Services Director. “Protecting our residents and our properties is extremely important to us. Any campaign which raises awareness of how vital gas safety checks are should be applauded and welcomed.”