Written by Ronemus & Vilensky on October 22, 2021
As is the case with any tenant-landlord contract in New York City, the landlord is responsible for ensuring the gas lines to the units are safe and regularly maintained. If your landlord fails to follow through with this, and you experience an apartment fire, you might have a case. Read on to learn about your landlord’s responsibilities when it comes to the gas safety of your city apartment. If you or someone you know has been a victim of an apartment fire and suffered injuries, contact an experienced Fire injury Lawyer NYC as soon as possible.
Annual Safety Inspections
Annual gas safety checks are to be performed on every gas appliance, all gas piping, and each flue located in a rental unit to ensure their safety for use by tenants. These yearly checks for safe gas appliances, piping, and ventilation conditions are the legal responsibilities of landlords, states Valor Properties.
Should any work need to be completed on any gas appliance or chimney, your landlord is required to enlist the help of a professional gas safety engineer. If you suspect there is a gas leak, your landlord must have a professional come out within 24 hours.
Annual gas safety inspections should be conducted and recorded at least once per year. Ask your landlord for a hard copy if you want to hang on to it, as well.
Types of appliances Which are a Landlord’s Responsibility
If you purchase a personal heater on your own, then the landlord would not be held responsible for inspecting or maintaining it. However, the ones the landlord is responsible for include:
- Gas stoves
- Gas heaters that are part of the unit
- Grills that are part of the unit
Gas safety is critical for preventing a New York City apartment fire. If you’ve experienced a gas leak and a subsequent fire, contact us today to see whether or not you have a case. These cases are complex, which is why you need an experienced attorney on your side.
Contacting a Fire Injury Lawyer
Fires have the potential to cause devastating and life-threatening injuries within seconds. If you or someone you know has suffered a fire injury, let us help you fight for your rights and hold those responsible accountable for your trauma and injuries. Contact our NYC Fire Injury Attorneys today for a free consultation or call 212-779-7070