LANDLORD GAS SAFETY CHECKS - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

As a landlord you are responsible for the safety of your tenants – and gas safety checks are part and parcel of that duty

What does a landlord gas safety inspection include? 

  • It is an inspection of the gas supply and gas appliances if there are any, including pipework, flues, chimneys and boiler checks 
  • The gas safety inspection must be carried out by a Registered Gas Engineer 

How often should a landlord perform gas safety checks? 

  • The gas safety inspection must be done every year and is the responsiblity of you the landlord to arrange
  • It is compulsory under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1994 

What is a Landlord Gas Safety Certificate 

  • The Landlord’s Gas Safety Certificate is the report which lists all the gas safety checks carried out during the inspection 
  • This certificate is sometimes referred to as a CP12 certificate 
  • This certificate is issued by the Gas Safe Register – it is really important that the checks are carried out by a registered gas safe engineer otherwise the certificate will not be valid

Does a landlord legally have to provide a gas safety certificate

  • The Landlord’s Gas Safety Certificate or CP12 is required by law 
  • A gas safety record / certificate will explain exactly what checks the engineer has carried out and if the appliances checked meet the appropriate safety standards 
  • Both landlord and tenant should each have a written report on the condition of each appliance 
  • Landlords must keep records of the safety checks and issue a copy of them to new and existing tenants 
  • It is imperative landlords keep a record of when each appliance was checked and any defects found and repaired 
  • The certificate must be made available to the tenants on moving into the property within 28 days of the annual inspection being carried out 

How much will it cost? 

  • There isn’t a fixed price – it depends on the engineer you use and the number of appliances that need to be checked. The checks and certificate usually cost from £35 and can go up to over £150 if there are lots of appliance

How to I find a gas safe engineer for a gas safety inspection? 

What else do I need to know?  

  • A valid has safety certificate may be required for any household related insurance claims 
  • Make sure you show the tenant how to cut off the gas supply if they need to 

DONT FORGET ABOUT THE OTHER LANDLORD SAFETY CHECKS   

ELECTRICAL SAFETY 

FIRE REGULATIONS 

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