As you are no doubt aware, there have been pretty stringent regulations surrounding the safety of gas appliances in rental properties in place since 1998. What’s perhaps not so commonly known is the fact that an amendment was issued earlier this year - coming into effect from April 2018 - which introduces the possibility of a new MOT-style system of checks.. 
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2018, provide landlords with more flexibility around the renewal of gas safety records, allowing work to be carried out up to 2 months prior to the renewal date, without actually effecting the renewal date itself. 
 
The amendment has also introduced more flexibility when it comes to new appliances, be they additions or replacements; these can now have a gas safety check carried out up to 14 months after installation. The safety record ‘delay’ can only occur once in relation to each appliance or flue and is designed to align renewal dates with other appliances within the property – good news for landlords who can sometimes have multiple renewal dates per property let alone across their portfolio! 
 
The final change within the new regulation is that the last two records must be retained by the landlord (as a minimum). In practice it is recommended for the records to be retained for a longer period of time and we generally find that our landlords exceed the two years of records previously required. 
 
Whilst this gas safety amendment offers greater flexibility rather than any significant relaxation in the existing law, we think it will be welcomed by those landlords who have plenty of other demands on their busy lives and who like to keep their records as straight-forward as possible. 
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