Gas Safety Certificates for Landlords
At FixLink we provide a Gas Safety Certificates for Landlords and Multiple Local Letting Agents.
What are a landlords responsibilities for gas safety?
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 outline your duties as a landlord to make sure all gas appliances, fittings, chimneys and flues are safe and working efficiently.
If you’re renting or letting a property with gas appliances installed, you’ve got three main legal responsibilities:
- Gas Safety Checks for Landlords – As a landlord, to ensure your tenants’ safety, all gas appliances and flues within the property need to undergo an annual gas safety check. This must always be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer, like FixLink. Once this has been completed, you will receive a Landlord Gas Safety Record or Gas Safety certificate which contains details of all checks that have been carried out on the heating system. This may also be referred to as a CP12 certificate.
You can easily arrange for a gas safety check to be carried out any time from 10-12 months after the last check, without affecting the original check expiry date. If it’s less than 10 or more than 12 months after the last check, you’ll end up with a new deadline date – 12 months from the most recent check. So it’s best to play it diligently and use the full duration of your 12 months, but not leaving it so late that you end up with a boiler outside of the cover.
- Gas Safety Records for Landlords – Once you’ve received your annual gas safety check and receipt of your Landlord Gas Safety Record, you’ll need to provide a record of this check to your tenants. This is a requirement by law. A copy of your Landlord Gas Safety Record MUST be given to your current tenants within 28 days of the gas safety check and for new tenants, you’ll need to provide this at the start of their tenancy.
- Maintenance to The Heating System – As a landlord, it is your duty to ensure the safety of your tenants and take absolute precaution. You need to make sure that all gas pipework, appliances, chimneys and flues are kept in a safe and reasonable condition. You can check the gas appliances’ manufacturer guidelines to find out how often it is recommended that you service an appliance. If you haven’t got access to these, we’d recommend an annual service – unless your Gas Safe registered engineer suggests otherwise. When considering the safety of your family – or your tenants family – it is always best to employ a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Did you know?
Landlords are legally responsible for the safety of their tenants. Landlords should make sure maintenance and annual safety checks on gas appliances are carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
By law, landlords must make sure:
• Pipework, appliances and flues provided for tenants are maintained in a safe condition
• All appliances and flues that they provide for tenants use have an annual safety check
• Maintenance and annual safety checks are carried out by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer
• All gas equipment (including any appliance left by a previous tenant) is safe or otherwise removed before re-letting
• A gas safety record is provided to the tenant within 28 days of completing the check or to any new tenant before they move in.
• Landlords must keep a copy of the gas safety record for two years
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