A question was posed to members of the AGSM at the Westminster Reception on 5th November 2014 – would a move to an MOT style of servicing help landlords save money so that the anniversary date for safety checks would remain static in a large majority of cases?
Trevor Batt of CORGI Technical Services raised the issue when he spoke to members. “There is a requirement to safety check appliances every 12 months, but with access to properties being an issue – typically first time access to properties is only approximately 60-75% – many Housing Associations are running a 10 month servicing programme. This results in seven services in six years, which wastes part of the budget and creates extra work.”
“With an MOT style of servicing, the safety check date is fixed each year but the safety check could be carried out within a month of the due date, leaving the anniversary date unchanged for the following year. This would save money, be more efficient and four key manufacturers, Worcester, Baxi, Ideal and Vaillant have said that 13 month safety checks would be acceptable on their appliances”
Trevor asked AGSM members for their support on pushing this through and outlined his plans to carry out a survey of members to gather views. The results will be collated and presented to the Gas Safety Management Conference in April 2014