Landlord Gas Safety Certificates
Whether you rent out one home or you have a whole portfolio of properties, you have responsibilities as a landlord to ensure your tenants are safe. One of those responsibilities is to ensure the gas appliances in your properties are properly looked after, and that’s where a gas safety certificate comes in.
As per the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, you need to make sure that all gas appliances, fittings and flues are properly checked over once a year. Once the safety checks have been carried out, the engineer will provide you with a certificate which gives you details of everything that has been looked at, with any safety issues highlighted.
You have a two month window in which to carry out the safety check every year. It must be completed within 10 to 12 months of your previous deadline date as set out by the certificate. As long as it’s done within that window, your deadline for the following year will be set as if you had the checks carried out on the last day of the 12 month period.
If your landlord gas safety certificate is expired then you are breaking the law. You could face substantial penalties including a hefty fine and potentially even a jail sentence. That’s why it’s extremely important that you keep your records up to date and you book a gas safety engineer near you to provide you with a gas safety certificate each year.
If you rent out your properties through a letting agent then the terms of your agreement should dictate that they will manage the booking of a gas safety engineer to carry out the checks for you. You will then be provided with the certificate in your records.
As well as checking every year for any potential problems, the gas appliances in the properties you rent out should be fully serviced on a regular basis. This includes any gas fires, the boiler, the gas meter and your oven, hob or cooker if they run on gas. You aren’t responsible for any gas appliances owned by the tenant but you are responsible for the pipes and flues connecting them.
If you need a reliable gas safety engineer to carry out safety checks at your property, and to provide routine maintenance, we can help. We cover the whole of the North West from our bases in Preston and Bolton and are available for ongoing services as well as emergencies.