Commercial rental property: landlord and tenant responsibilities

Gas safety in rented business property


Occupiers of rented commercial premises have a responsibility to ensure that any gas appliance, installation pipework, or flue installed in their workplace is maintained in a safe condition. This applies whether you are an employer or self-employed.

Annual boiler service

You must maintain gas equipment according to the manufacturer's instructions. This often means that you'll need an annual service by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

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Your rental lease or a separate contract can help ensure gas safety requirements are met. However, the legal responsibility remains with the occupier of the commercial premises.

Property owner responsibilities

The owner, or other person in control of the building, may also have duties under the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978. This could include ensuring heating equipment in common parts is maintained safely. The lease or separate contractual agreement can be used to determine how these responsibilities are allocated.