A social media Thunderclap went out on Wednesday 29th April 2015 and was seen by thousands of people!
Visit the Access Campaign website on www.gasaccesscampaign.org.uk to read more details, see who has signed up to the campaign and to add your name to the other campaigners.
Gaining Access to properties to carry out the landlord’s mandatory gas safety checks is one of the biggest issues facing gas managers in social housing.
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The key event for the 2015 Gas Access Week, which took place at the Gas Safety Management Conference on Wednesday 29th April, was a Thunderclap which was launched on social media during a keynote presentation by Mark Henderson of Home Group, who have been spearheading the Gas Access Campaign with the AGSM and CORGI Technical Services.
Hundreds of supporters signed up and the message went out to hundreds of influencers: we need as many supporters as possible to ensure our voice is heard.
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We are calling on the Government to beef up legal powers to allow regulated social landlords to access their properties to carry out mandatory gas safety checks. The Law rightly requires all landlords to carry out annual safety checks on any properties they own which have gas supplies.
But, while Local Authorities can get same-day court orders to force entry to properties where tenants refuse access to gas engineers, it can take up to four months for social housing providers to gain access.
New data released by the AGSM following a survey of members earlier in 2014, shows that the delays caused by tenants who refuse access to properties costs housing providers £493,690,890 over a 10-year period.
We are calling for an amendment to the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998 to insert specific rights of entry that would be granted by the Courts if all reasonable access attempts had been made.