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In 5 years my landlord has never had my boiler checked or my electrical appliances checked. I didnt realise this was against the law until someone told me and explained the implications. I have never had a certificate and there is no evidence he has tried to arrange any such checks. Im now angry that he put me and my children in danger. What are my rights, can I withhold the rent? Should I report him and to who? What will happen as a result? 

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In 5 years my landlord has never had my boiler checked or my electrical appliances checked. I didnt realise this was against the law until someone told me and explained the implications. I have never had a certificate and there is no evidence he has tried to arrange any such checks. Im now angry that he put me and my children in danger. What are my rights, can I withhold the rent? Should I report him and to who? What will happen as a result? 

– Laura

Yes your landlord is breaking the law, However do NOT withold your rent this can lead to eviction. You need to write and email your landlord giving him 7 days to arrange a gas safety check with a Gas Safe contractor, if he does not do so then you can call your local enviormental health department. Go to the Gas Safe website www.gassaferegister.co.uk this will have all the information that you will need.

An electricaly certificate is not law, but good practice. If the appliances in the property are yours then they ae your responsibility. Do you have working spoke alarm on all floors? If not then he is breaking the law abd the enviormental health can make him put them in.

 

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First of all, the annual check is only relevant for gas appliances. If you have a gas boiler, it needs to be checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer. The engineer, post deeming all the appliances and gas supply safe to use, has to issue the landlord with a gas safety certificate that’s valid for 12 months. 

If there are any issues or errors, the engineer should disconnect faulty appliances or the entire gas supply if serious and should issue a report to the landlord to fix or improve.

If the landlord has no gas safety certificate, they are in serious breach of the law. 

What can you do about it:

“can I withhold the rent ?” – No, you can NEVER withhold rent. It will only count against you as the landlord can evict you through the courts if you miss two months or more. Don’t do this !

“Should I report him and to who? ” – Yes, absolutely. Report this to everybody – the landlord, the agent, whoever is there that deals with you about your renting accommodation, report it to them. 

Negotiate with the landlord to do a gas safety check ASAP ( like, this week ! ). If they don’t comply, or are being defensive, tell them you will go the Environmental Health department and ask them to do an inspection. Environmental Health is a department in your local council that makes sure living condition and safety standards are met in rented properties. They have the authority to fine your landlord and order them to improve the conditions. 

Your landlord will likely bend, when you threaten, as they should realise it only gets worse for them if they don’t do the check. 

Here is some reading info:

http://www.thetenantsvoice.co.uk/advice_from_us/gas-safety-check/

http://www.thetenantsvoice.co.uk/advice_from_us/requesting-repairs-2/

http://www.thetenantsvoice.co.uk/advice_from_us/contacting-the-environmental-health-department/

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