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?
- Visit the Gas Safe Register for a registered engineer www.gassaferegister.co.uk
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