Dutyholder clarification for leased non-residential properties

Question from January 2018 Technical Meeting regarding where the responsibility lies for managing gas supply and servicing appliances for non-residential leasehold properties (shops)

 

Regulation 36 from the old GSR explains the legalities of lease and the requirements of leases.

The question asked refers to shops so unless there is living accommodation attached then the responsibility can be transferred through contract to that business as they have a Duty to Maintain under GSR 35.

If there is accommodation;

  • Less than 7 years – Full duty on landlord to undertake maintenance and safety checks
  • More than 7 years – no duty but morally should be advising the lease holder of their responsibilities