Landlords Annual Gas Safety Certificate
Landlords – must ensure that gas fittings are maintained in a safe condition. This means that your gas installations and appliances must be serviced regularly and you must keep records of the services and safety checks. Landlords must have a valid gas safety certificate for all the gas equipment in the accommodation they rent out.
We can provide a Landlords Annual Gas Safety Certificate – give us a call and we will send out a GAS Safe Registered (previously CORGI) Engineer to assist you
Gas Safety Regulations
Under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 landlords are under a statutory duty to maintain in a safe condition any relevant gas fitting and any flue which serves any relevant gas fitting. This includes items such as gas fires, gas cookers, central heating boilers, water heaters and swimming pool boilers.
Therefore landlords must ensure that gas fittings are maintained in a safe condition. This means that your gas installations and appliances must be serviced regularly and you must keep records of the services and safety checks. You should:
- Have a safety check carried out on all gas appliances at least annually. Gas safety certificates are valid for 12 months or until the tenancy changes hands.
- Keep a record of each gas safety check for 2 years.
- Give a copy of the GAS Safe registered engineer’s safety check report to each current tenant, within 28 days of the safety check, or to new tenants before occupation.
- Ensure the gas meter and cut-off valve are easily accessible to the tenants and ensure they know how to turn off the gas supply if they suspect a gas or carbon monoxide leak.
- Advise your tenants not to use any gas appliance they think is unsafe.
Gas safety checks and any repairs or maintenance or installations must be carried out by a GAS Safe (previously CORGI) registered engineer.
There is no legal requirement for a landlord to install carbon monoxide detectors, but tenants can ask their landlord to provide them.
The Gas Safety Certificate
In order to give a gas safety certificate the engineer has to check:
- the gas supply
- gas appliances
- gas flues
The gas engineer has the power to seal off any faulty equipment or request the gas company to cut off the supply to the property.
A gas safety certificate should contain the following information:
- the address of the property
- the name and GAS Safe (previusly CORGI) number of the gas engineer
- a list of all gas appliances in the property and confirmation that they are safe to use. If there is more than one appliance in the property, each individual appliance must be checked and the results of the check must be recorded in a gas safety certificate.
- a statement that the flues have been checked and are clear
- a list of any remedial action needed
The gas safety regulations are currently enforced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). If a landlord does not have a valid gas safety certificate, or does not make repairs required, the HSE has the power to prosecute. Failure to follow gas safety requirements is a criminal offence.