Immediate gas safety checks required at 927 Redditch homes

COUNCIL chiefs are calling for immediate gas safety checks after 927 homes across Redditch are overdue an inspection.

Concerns were raised by officers when they could not access a number of homes where gas safety certificates had, or were due, to expire.

Following a report to the housing regulator, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), on Friday (August 21), the Council is now contacting over 900 tenants to arrange an immediate gas safety check.

Council Leader Bill Hartnett said: “Safety is always our highest priority and these checks have to be carried out by the Council as part of its duties every year.

“The fact these properties did not receive checks within a 12 month period is a breach of the Council’s duties and we are cooperating unreservedly with any requirements the HCA may have.

“I would urge all our tenants to work with us, now and going forward, to allow us access to properties so we can carry out these inspections in a timely manner.”

Although no incidents have been reported and Council records show annual checks have been completed at 5,000 other homes, tenants who have been contacted should text 07860 033 651, email or call 01527 548267 as soon as possible to arrange this essential safety testing.

Residents who have not yet heard from the Council will be contacted two months prior to their next inspection due date.