Housing Associations have been reminded by the Tenant Services Authority of the need to ensure all gas engineers who work in their properties are on the new Gas Safe Register.
As of 1st April 2009, the new Gas Safe Register replaced the CORGI gas registration scheme in Great Britain and Isle of Man.
Gas Safe Registered engineers carry a photo ID card displaying a unique licence number which tenants can check before allowing an engineer to enter their home.
In the event of any concerns, tenants can check the authenticity of the engineer on the website www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or by calling 0800 408 5500.
The TSA is also reminding landlords of the need to supply tenants with a copy of the safety check within 28 days of it being carried out or before a tenant move in.
Clare Miller, TSA Executive Director Governance and Viability said, “This is a very important change in the law and one that we are advising associations to ensure their tenants are fully aware of. Gas safety is a theme which has featured in our National Conversation with tenants.
“To make sure that gas appliances such as boilers, fires, ovens and hobs are installed, maintained and serviced safely, only a Gas Safe Registered engineer should carry out the work. If someone other than a Gas Safe Registered engineer undertakes gas work, they are breaking the law and could put lives at risk.”