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Gas boiler in my room

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Tenant

Hello,

I’ve been living in the same room of an HMO house for the past 2 years.

Recently a gas boiler situated in the shared kitchen broke down. Landlord decided to replace it with a new one, however, he wants to put the new gas boiler in my room. I strongly dislike the idea of having a gas appliance where I sleep.

The new boiler can be placed where the old one is, but it would require breaking floor (cca 15×15 inches square) in my room (which I don’t mind).

Do I have any ground to dispute his decision to place the boiler in my room?

Thank you for your answer.

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Tenant

The law allows gas boilers in a bedroom if they are of the room sealed type. This means both intake air and output waste gasses that are needed or produced by the combustion are taken from the outside – not the room .

Additionally, if the boiler generates 14kw gross input, it’s not allowed in any room that’s used as a bedroom. 

This is how the law regards it, although I certainly wouldn’t allow having a gas appliance next to my bed. My suggestion is to negotiate and use any leverage to prevent it. Check the boiler against the above and make sure it’s at least legally installed by a gas safe registered engineer. 

Also check the gas safety certificate of your landlord. That might give you some leverage if expired. Read more here: http://www.thetenantsvoice.co.uk/advice_from_us/gas-safety-check/

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Tenant

Dear Audrey,

Thank you for your post, it’s been very helpful. I don’t have a direct contact the my landlord, as there is a letting agency who takes care of the communication between us and him.

The agency regards the landlord as ‘uncommunicative’. Plus the agency isn’t very keen on going against the landlord in this matter. Thus without any legal leverage, my options are rather limited – as I see it, to either move out or accept a gas appliance in my bedroom.

I will for sure ask about the gas safety certificate, because I can’t remember anyone visiting the house to check it within last 12 months.

The boiler is due to be installed this Monday, can I deny the engineer access to my room if it comes to that?

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