If this scenario happened, it would mean that the landlord would be required to serve the tenant with the gas safety notice either by email (by keeping a copy of the email) or by recorded delivery. Only then is the landlord able to apply to the courts again, to repeat the procedure for possession which could take an additional 3 to 4 months.
Please be assured that we have been carrying out this regulation since it came into force. Even though the gas engineer leaves a copy at the property, once we receive the copy here, we send a copy to the tenant either by email or by post and keep a record of the method we have used. This is then attached to the gas safety certificate. This is a safe guard in case we ever have to apply to the court for possession of a property.
I am sure there are hundreds and thousands of landlords today in England that believe they are good landlords and look after their properties and their tenants but, unfortunately would be in a position where they could not gain possession of their property. Does your agent have this covered?
We trust this has been informative for you and we’re looking forward to bringing you next month’s edition of the blog, which will cover energy performance certificate regulations.
If you have any questions we are always here to answer them. If you have any friends or family who have rental properties and would like to know if their properties are being kept compliant with the new regulations, please advise them that we would be more than happy to discuss this with them. Thank you.