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Gas safety advice for landlords during the Coronavirus update

We are aware that the new restrictions announced by the UK Prime Minister on leaving your own home and avoidance of any social contact will reduce the ability for landlords to arrange annual safety checks. Gas Safe Register are working with the HSE to provide new guidance specific to this 3-week period.

Landlords have a legal duty to repair and maintain gas pipework, flues and appliances in a safe condition, to ensure an annual gas safety check on each appliance and flue, and to keep a record of each safety check.

If you anticipate difficulties in gaining access as the COVID-19 situation progresses, you have the flexibility to carry out annual gas safety checks two months before the deadline date. Landlords can have the annual gas safety checks at their properties carried out any time from 10 to 12 calendar months after the previous check and still retain the original deadline date as if the check had been carried out exactly 12 months after the previous check.

You are encouraged to arrange your annual gas safety checks as early as possible, as a contingency against tenants being in self-isolation for a period of 14 days (in line with current guidelines), or gas engineers being unavailable due to illness.

The two-month period to carry out annual gas safety checks should provide adequate resilience in most situations.In the event you are unable to gain access to the property, eg persistent refusal of access due to vulnerable tenants self-isolating, you will be expected to be able to demonstrate that you took reasonable steps to comply with the law. This will need to include records of communication with the tenant and details of your engineers attempts to gain access.

Source: Gas Safe Register

COVID-19: General Tenant Advice

** Updated 27th March 2020 ** With increasing reports of confirmed COVID-19 (Coronavirus) cases across the UK, it is important to ensure your safety as well as the safety of your landlord or prospective landlord, and any contractors that may need to complete work at your home. We urge you to follow the advice being… Continue Reading

COVID-19: General Landlord Advice

** Updated 27th March 2020 ** With increasing reports of confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases across the UK, it is important to ensure the safety of both you, your viewers, your existing tenants and any contractors you employ. We urge you to follow the advice being given by Government and the NHS. You can read the… Continue Reading

Commercial Property Advertising

If you need to find new tenants for your commercial property, we can help! Your advert will be listed on the commercial areas of rightmove, zoopla, primelocation and of course, our own website. We are the only online letting agent (that we know of!) who advertise on zoopla and primelocation as well as rightmove. Unlike some… Continue Reading

Mandatory Electrical Safety Certificates to be introduced

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced that mandatory five-year electrical installation checks on private rented housing in England will be introduced in a phased approach. Whilst the implementation date has not yet been clarified, MHCLG has stated its intention to introduce legislation as soon as possible. Although dates are yet… Continue Reading

Looking for an alternative to Upad?

If you’re one of the very many landlords who appreciated the excellent customer service offered by Upad, and are now lost in the sea of online letting agents with no idea who to choose, here’s my advice to you: Call them. See what they’re about. Get a feel for the people and their customer care.… Continue Reading

Zoopla’s Rental Market Report, Q3 2019

This new quarterly report has been developed by the research team at Zoopla to provide a detailed insight into the important trends in this large and diverse part of the UK housing market. It provides an accurate view on the market, tracking everything from achieved rents over time, to time to let. Top-line, the Q3… Continue Reading

Tenancy Set-Up Admin Services

Regardless of how much or how little you need to get your new tenancy set up, we’re here to help. All of our services are available individually, so we can help you as much or as little as you need. We provide tenant reference, bespoke tenancy agreements, deposit collect & protect and a whole host… Continue Reading

Upad have been bought out by Howsy, what do I do now?

Upad have been bought out by Howsy, what do I do now?

*UPDATED 16th January 2020* Following a recent announcement this week, it appears UPad have been purchased by Howsy. While it’s great news to hear that many of the original staff will be re-employed, there are probably still many pre-acquisition UPad customer that would prefer to move elsewhere. What do I do next? For all of… Continue Reading