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Gas Flu Inspection Hatch in Rented Properties

As of 1st January 2013, all rented properties that have a gas central heating boiler flue that has either been fitted hidden in the ceiling space or fitted away from an external wall must now be fitted with an inspection hatch.

If your boiler is situated on an outside wall it is unlikely that you have this type of flue and if you can see the entire flue it will not affect you, your gas engineer will be able to tell you. All gas engineers must now be able to inspect the whole length of the flue, in line with industry guidance. If they are unable to fully inspect the flue it must be deemed at ‘At Risk’ (recommending to not use)and the engineer will ask for consent to turn it off.

You are within your rights to refuse permission for it to be turned off; however you will be asked to sign paperwork to confirm you accept responsibility for those defects identified in the system – which would be the possible leak of carbon monoxide escaping unnoticed from the concealed flue into the property. You may be able to go back to the builder if it is less than two years and look to the home warrantee if less than 10 years.

What it does mean is the gas engineer will not be able to provide a Gas Safety Certificate until an inspection hatch has been fitted and they have inspected the whole flue and as a landlord you must by law have a Gas Safety Certificate in place to rent a property out and this must be renewed every year.

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Electrical Appliance Warning

Update on electrical appliances warning (further to my blog earlier this month April 2013)

A letter is now going around to key Letting Agents warning of the dangers of appliances in rented homes from Dorset Fire and Rescue Services who are reporting they have attended 7 dishwasher fires relating to the overheating component in certain dishwashers in the last 12 months!

Makes being warned about are Beko, Bosch, Seimens, Neff and Hotpoint.

Since 2010 there have been 269 reported fires originating from an appliance. Bosch have allegedly sent 800,000 letters and made 150,000 telephone calls, of the known 632,000 appliances there are still 479,000 unaccounted for. Bosch,Beko,Seimens,Hotpoint are among the brands issuing warnings.

Landlords and Letting Agents are being advised to look at the electrical products in their properties after a number of fires have been attributed to white goods. You can find out further information by going to the following sites; Electrical Safety Council (ESC): www.esc.org.uk/recall.

You will need to enter a model number, brand name or description of a particular item.

If the product has been recalled, the website will advise on your next steps. Recall UK is the primary product recall site that lists all UK product recalls, for all product types, announced in the last few weeks: www.recalluk.com

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