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Broken boiler warning to agents and landlords - it's still winter...

Specialist insurer Direct Line for Business is warning agents and landlords that while winter has so far been relatively mild, February - which starts next week - is historically the peak month for boiler problems.

It says boiler repair claims are typically up 163 per cent in February compared to the monthly average. Last winter the insurer saw a 27 per cent increase in claims on broken-down boilers overall compared to the previous year.

With the average malfunctioning boiler costing almost £1,200 to fix, the firm says agents and landlords should not be complacent.

"[Agents and] landlords should make sure their properties have fully serviced boilers to help ensure their tenants don’t have heating issues. Landlords are legally responsible for securing a safety certificate for gas appliances each year and they also need to ensure the heating and hot water systems are maintained and functioning properly."

Leeds MP opens new HQ of expanding rental home safety specialists

A Yorkshire home safety company has marked the next chapter in its home-grown success story by creating extra jobs and moving to bigger premises.

Ignite Gas Care, which has almost tripled in size in size since it launched just three years ago, gave local MP Stuart Andrew an insight into its growth when he officially opened its new headquarters in Low Lane, Horsforth, Leeds.

The company, which recently carried out its 10,000th gas safety check, works closely with letting agents and landlords to ensure their tenants are protected from potential hazards throughout their rented home.

In response to tough new safety legislation confronting the private rented sector, it has broadened its core gas and electrical testing services to include specialist checks for the deadly Legionella bacteria and the mandatory installation of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Managing director Jon Oldroyd said: “The surge in demand for our services has been triggered by the introduction of new laws.

“Landlords and agents know that failure to carry out these checks can lead to severe financial penalties and, just as importantly, deliver long-lasting harm to their reputation in what is a competitive marketplace.

“Our new initiative to provide all checks in a 'one-stop- service, minimising disruption to tenants and providing better value-for-money to landlords, has added an extra dimension to our portfolio.

He added: “Having outgrown our original home at Troy Road in Horsforth it was important to us that we stayed in the local community and we are delighted to find a new base less than a mile away.

“This enables us to retain jobs in Horsforth as well as tap into the pool of talent that exists here when it comes to taking on additional staff, and hopefully our first apprentices, in the future.

“We were delighted to give Mr Andrew an insight into our work and the growing role we are playing in making Yorkshire's rental properties safer. Our expansion gives us the capacity and capability to develop further.”

Ignite started with four engineers but has now grown to a team of 11 following the recent recruitment drive.

On the back of the new laws, it is investing more than £20,000 in staff training and new equipment, and has also expanded its branded fleet of support vehicles used by the team.

The official opening of the company's new premises

Ignite Gas Care unveil latest expansion plans

July 31st 2015

10,000 Gas Checks

Engineers from Ignite Gas Care, based in Horsforth, have just carried out their 10,000th gas safety check as tough new laws come into force across the rented sector.

The achievement comes as landlords and letting agents brace themselves for new legislation which will makes it compulsory from October for all their properties to have carbon monoxide monitors for each solid fuel appliance. In addition, smoke detectors will also have to be fitted on every floor with a living space.

The private rental sector is already under pressure to meet another new law which demands a risk assessment is performed on all hot and cold water systems to pinpoint any threat of contamination by the Legionella bacteria.

Ignite has taken on additional staff, invested in extra training and equipment, and is moving to bigger premises in Horsforth to ensure it has the capacity and capability to meet the expected surge in demand for its services arising from these new safety requirements.

“As the rental market continues to grow, so do the responsibilities of landlords and letting agents for making sure their properties have the ultimate protection in home safety,” said Jon Oldroyd, managing director of Ignite.

“The number of safety checks we are being asked to carry out, whether these be gas, electrical and now legionella, continues to gather pace.

Landlords and letting agents know that failure to carry out these checks can lead to severe financial penalties and, just as importantly, deliver long-lasting harm to their reputation in what is a competitive marketplace.”

He added: “The 10,000th gas safety check is an important milestone for us as it underlines the depth of our experience and expertise. We’ve now added to that by recruiting extra staff and further strengthening our training programme so all our engineers are equipped with the very latest skills and knowledge.

“Our ability to provide all checks in a 'one-stop' service, minimising disruption to tenants and providing better value-for-money to landlords, is a big advantage.

“The expected increase in demand has also prompted us to look for a bigger base and I am delighted that we have been able to secure premises that enable us, and jobs, to stay in Horsforth.”

To find out more about our services and how we can assist you with providing any of the above services, please contact us.

Leeds safety specialists issue Legionella warning to property professionals

Ignite engineer Tony Valentine

A Leeds specialist in home safety checks is warning landlords and letting agents not to fall foul of toughened-up laws designed to prevent Legionnaires' disease in the private rented market.

Ignite Gas Care, based in Horsforth, said it was now a legal requirement to carry out a risk assessment on all hot and cold water systems to ascertain the threat of contamination by the Legionella bacteria.

Although official figures state that there are approximately 400 cases of the potentially-fatal Legionnaires' disease each year in the UK, experts believe it could be nearer to 9,000, as many are not reported or passed off as seasonal flu.

In fact, it is a severe form of pneumonia which can be particularly serious for elderly people and those with weak immune systems. Humans contract the disease by inhaling small droplets containing the deadly bacteria and symptoms can range from high temperatures and muscle pains through to mental confusion and even death.

"This is the latest in a series of tougher laws with the aim of driving up safety standards in a fast-growing sector – handing the legal duty for doing so to agents and landlords," said Jon Oldroyd, managing director of Ignite.

"Gas safety checks and the testing of electrics have long played a key role in keeping tenants safe. But the Legionella assessment, coupled with the mandatory introduction of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide monitors later this year, will now give them ultimate peace of mind.

"The updated legislation spells out the legal requirements for landlords and managing agents to help them ensure that the tenant's risk from exposure to legionella from water systems in residential rental property is safely controlled.

"Failure to do these checks, and take action where required, could see hefty fines of up to £20,000 imposed on landlords and lettings agents."

The company has invested in specialist training and equipment to enable its team of engineers to carry out the assessment at the same time they perform other safety checks to minimise the disruption to tenants.

A risk assessment involves assessing whether conditions are right for bacteria to flourish. The greatest risk is where water is present at temperatures between 20C and 45C. Stagnant water, in tanks for example, infrequently used outlets, showers and air conditioning units, debris in water systems, and thermostatic mixing valves should be checked and corrective action taken where necessary.

Safeguards may involve disinfecting water systems, cleaning shower heads, servicing air conditioning units, removing or stagnant water pools and water tanks from systems, insulating pipework, and keeping water cisterns properly covered and free of debris.

Ignite Gas supporting Hunters charity golf day

Hunters Golf Day

Ignite Gas entered a team and sponsored the annual Hunters Estate Agents golf day at Easingwold golf club. The day was a great success raising over £13,000 to go towards a sports centre for Easingwold school.

Yorkshire firms team up in gas safety drive

September 11th 2012

Jon Oldroyd of Ignite Gas Yorkshire

TWO of the leading names in Yorkshire's residential letting market are teaming up as part of Gas Safety Week to highlight the "life or death" dangers of badly-fitted appliances.

Specialist letting agents Linley & Simpson, who have nine Yorkshire branches, and Leeds-based Ignite Gas Care have drawn up a checklist to help tenants stay safe - and protect landlords from prosecution.

Gas Safety Week runs from Monday September 10 to September 17 and aims to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of gas appliances.

"As a licensed agent, and a member of the SAFEagent scheme, gas safety is a top priority for us and we have a robust scheme in place to ensure our properties are regularly inspected and meet all the relevant criteria," said Linley & Simpson director, Will Linley.

"This is not always the case, particularly with unlicensed agents and individual landlords. Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.

"Every year scores of people across Yorkshire are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning."

Managing Director of Horsforth-based Ignite Gas Care, Jon Oldroyd, said: "The proper maintenance of gas appliances can really be a matter of life and death.

"Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas - you can't see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.

"By taking care of your gas appliances properly you are taking care of your home and your loved ones."

He added: "It is vital that consumers only use Gas Safe registered engineers in any maintenance or servicing work. We are proud to support Gas Safety Week."

The companies have developed this checklist to help people stay safe:

  • Make sure only a Gas Safe registered engineer works on your gas appliances. Illegal gas fitters can put your life at risk
  • Always check the engineer's Gas Safe Register ID card
  • Make sure gas appliances have a regular service and a gas safety check every 12 months
  • Look out for warning signs that your gas appliances aren't working correctly e.g. lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room
  • Know the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning - headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness
  • Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm
  • If you smell gas call the gas emergency number on 0800 111 999

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Ignite Gas provides a wide variety of gas related services to individual home-owners, companies, landlords, letting agents, Housing Associations and Local Authorities throughout the Yorkshire region.

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    Mary Baulk April 2017
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    Tracey March 2017
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