Issue 21 – October 2010
Energy Safety has recently investigated several reports of unsafe installations in tenanted properties. Landlords are reminded that they have a duty to ensure that the gas and electrical installations in the properties they lease must be safe.
Both the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 and the Gas (Safety and Measurement) Regulations 2010 have provisions that explicitly state what aspects in an installation are deemed to be unsafe. Both regulations have a general safety requirement that states a person commits an offence if they allow another person to use an installation '...knowing that, or being reckless as to whether...' the installation is unsafe.
The gas regulations also have a specific regulation that deals with the hiring or leasing of gas installations and requires the person leasing an installation to ensure that any instructions required for the safe use of an appliance or installation are provided and are practicable and suitable for use.
Summarised from Energy Safety News, Ministry of Economic Development Business Update, September 2010.