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Winter weather precautions

20 January 2021

Propertymark Industry Supplier, Gallagher offers practical steps that can help agents and their clients reduce the risk of damage to property as areas of the nation are set to see further warnings of more inclement weather to come. Damage caused by the escape of water from frozen pipes and other equipment can be extremely costly in repairs and disruption. Read More...

Concerns raised over new energy efficiency proposals

20 January 2021

Propertymark has responded to the UK Government’s consultation on Improving the Energy Performance of Privately Rented Homes in England and Wales by highlighting a number of concerns. These relate to affordability and the need to look beyond a one-size fits all policy and develop proposals that work with the different age, condition, and size of properties in the private rented sector. Read More...

Change smoke and carbon rules for earlier checks

19 January 2021

Propertymark has responded to the UK Government’s consultation on extending the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Regulations in England, arguing that the rules should be amended so that landlords and agents must make sure the alarms are tested prior to the start of the tenancy and not on the first day of each new tenancy. Read More...

Licensing schemes are irresponsible in the current climate

19 January 2021

Propertymark has responded to a number of licensing scheme proposals from local authorities across England in recent months arguing that Councils who are pursuing the implementation of licensing schemes are being socially irresponsible. This is because in these unprecedented times landlords and agents are not able to comply with the requirements and Council resources are unlikely to be able to effectively enforce them. Read More...

Propertymark supports Gas Safety Week 2020

Sunday 13 September 2020

Propertymark has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week, which takes place 14 -20 September 2020, and we will be raising awareness about the importance of gas safety to its members and the public.

The tenth annual Gas Safety Week sees organisations from across the UK working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions, and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that has no smell or taste. Breathing it in can make you unwell, and it can kill if you're exposed to high levels, like those emitted from a gas safety leak in a home.

Every year there are around 60 deaths from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in England and Wales.

Gas safety is important all year round, but it is important to make agents, landlords, and prospective landlords aware of their responsibilities.

Here we take you through some examples which show the consequences for landlords and agents when gas safety legal responsibilities are not adhered to.

Landlord and agency sentences

In March 2020, a buy-to-let landlord was sentenced to serve a total of 36 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to complete 140 hours unpaid work, after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 36(3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, and Section 21 of the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974. He was also ordered to pay costs of £6,428.46.

Another case saw an agency fined for not adhering to an issued Improvement Notice after HSE became aware that a property managed by them may not have had a gas safety record and contacting the company on several occasions.

The firm admitted breaching the relevant regulations and was fined £2,000 with additional costs of £957. HSE Inspector Karl Raw stated that the letting agent had “plenty of time” to comply with the terms of the Improvement Notice, arguing that there was, therefore “no excuse” for its failures.

Be part of Gas Safety Week

Visit the Gas Safety Week website where you can pledge your support, get campaign materials, and benefit from lots of other free advice.

Keep up to date with Gas Safe Register’s updates and advice throughout Gas Safety Week by following @GasSafeRegister on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and search #GSW20.

Propertymark consumer information

Propertymark aims to protect and guide consumers helping them get to grips with what’s expected regarding landlord safety responsibilities and we have outlined the main safety concerns and legal obligations in our Landlord Safety Responsibilities guide.

Propertymark resources

To help understand your responsibilities, ARLA Propertymark members can log in to the members' area and refer to our range of fact sheets on:

  • Legal Responsibilities for Gas Safety
  • Gas Regulations – Danger Do Not Use Notices
  • Fitting Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Installation of Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

All our fact sheets are an exclusive member benefit.

Fact sheets

Members can also download our Making homes safe and Safeguarding your money digital leaflet pack where agency logo'sand branch details can be added. These can then be printed or sent to clients electronically.

Digital leaflet pack