As a landlord you have certain responsibilities as regard to the gas safety for your tenants. It is the duty of a landlord to ensure all gas appliances and flues are safe to use and any repairs required are carried out without delay.
If you let your property through a letting agency and have a mantainance agreement in place, it is the landlords responsibility to ensure the contract includes all the legal requirements pertaining to gas safety. If in any doubt as regards to wether the contract includes the relevant gas safety requirements they should seek clarification of the contract terms from the letting agent.
Although not a legal required, yet, having a carbon monoxide alarm fitted in the premises is a great idea on a range of levels. The alarm should be audible and be placed beside any gas appliances within the property. Indeed there may be gas leak outwith the property, perhaps a supply pipe and the alarm would notify the any occupants to vacant the premises quickly and safely. For £15-20 it makes alot of sense to install on.
Flues must be free of blockages, flues are necessary to ensure the proper combustion of the gas, any blockages or improper fitting can lead to carbon monoxide leaking into the premises and causing a dangerous health hazard.
It is recommended gas appliances are check annually for proper working application and safety.
You can find out more about your responsibilities as a landlord here http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/domestic/faqlandlord.htm
When you buy a new boiler the last thing you will be thinking about is having the boiler serviced, afterall it is brand new right ?
Your new boiler will have a 1 year warranty which covers any faults or breakdowns, this is pretty much a legal requirement, however if you have taken a new boiler with say a 8 year warranty, you are very likely to have to have the boiler serviced annually or the warranty will in fact become void (it will be in the small print).
It’s not something most people will pay much attention to, until the boiler breaksdown and they look to claim of the warranty only then will the be aware of the small print. Most reputable boiler installers will point this fact out, before you buy. A boiler service is in the region of £60 so multiply that by 10 and you’re talking £600 on top of the price for the boiler to keep the warranty going.
You can liken it to having your car serviced, a regularly serviced car tends to run better and last longer than one that is not serviced, it is no different for your boiler. and your boiler will be getting used alot more than your car.
If you buy a new boiler always ask about the warranty, if you are aware if the conditions of the warranty it allows you to make a better informed decision. If your boiler breaks down after 4 years, it’s not the best time to find out that since your boiler hasn’t been serviced annually, you are going to have to pay for all the work yourself.
We hope many people will read this before they buy a boiler so they can at least base their choice on all the facts and not have any unexpected and unpleasant surprises waiting for them in the future.
You can find out more about boiler servicing and what to look for here http://www.which.co.uk/home-and-garden/heating-water-and-electricity/guides/best-boiler-cover-brands/getting-the-best-boiler-service/
Making your home as efficient as possible isn’t as hard as you might think. With energy bills rising it makes sense to
keep as much heat in your home as possible. here are a few very simple steps to keep the heat where you need it- in your home.
Heavy Weight Curtains: Many windows let in a little draft and older windows more so. By fitting heavier weight curtains
you are creating a barrier which helps keep the heat in and the draft out of the room.
Keep Doors Closed: Keeping the doors closed, keeps the heat in the room. Most people will have the heating on in their
living room and bedrooms but the hallways and kitchens are unlikely to have the heating on so often. If the doors are open
the heat will escape into areas you may not be particularly concerned about heating.
Proper Flooring: Carpet is the ideal insulator but there is a trend toward laminate flooring. By using a better quality
underlay for the laminate you are creating a higher quality layer of insulation. If the property is on the ground floor it is
even more imperitive to use a high quality underlay, be it laminate or carpet. A better quality underlay also offers better
sound insulation if you are on any floor above the ground floor.
These practical and simple steps will go along way to keeping your home warm whilst saving you money because you are getting
the most from the heating system by keeping the heat where it is needed.
Find out more here http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/domestic/home-insulation