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Feb. 19th, 2011

In the post today, a cross letter from my landlord to say that we are overdue for the gas inspection that we are legally required to have every year and that their gas contractors have repeatedly tried to contact us to arrange this but to no avail and that they will be coming around on Monday to do it whether we are in or not, SO THERE.

Well, that's okay. They are at their liberty to use their keys to come and check that our boiler is not going to explode (and never mind that they must have checked that pretty thoroughly when they replaced half the parts less than a month ago). I am not about to object. But I recalled a fairly recent visit by a gas contractor and I did not recall ever ignoring or refusing such a visit, so I had a hunt through my desk.

Sure enough, I am holding in my hand a gas safety certificate that was issued by their gas contractor on November 23rd 2010.

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bekscilla
Feb. 19th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
That sounds rather frustrating. I'd be tempted to just let them come on Monday and do it so that the new certificate has until next Feb, but you never know, they might show up again in June grumping that it hasn't been done yet!
sefkhet
Feb. 19th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
If they come on Monday and then manage to keep track of their records, the next one will be due in the middle of finals week. And I know that I can just let them turn up with their keys and do their thing without it needing to bother me, but even so I'd just as soon not have to think about it then if I don't have to.

Also, I have this urge to point out to my letting agents that unlike them, the idiotic oh-you-have-no-heating-in-January-what-a-shame people, I have not been bloody ignoring anything.

Edited at 2011-02-19 11:31 pm (UTC)
bekscilla
Feb. 19th, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
Ah, well in that case, definitely worth making them use the November date. And i'd still be annoyed about the lack of care about the heating thing. Good luck with it :)
alto2
Feb. 20th, 2011 02:11 am (UTC)
I have this urge to point out to my letting agents that unlike them, the idiotic oh-you-have-no-heating-in-January-what-a-shame people, I have not been bloody ignoring anything.

YES YES VERY MUCH SO.
sefkhet
Feb. 20th, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC)
I know, right?
alto2
Feb. 20th, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
Seriously. I would make this point very loud and very clear.
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