Gas Safety Check – What is it?

As landlords have duty of care to their tenants, they must make sure that properties they rent are safe to live in. That is to say, all gas appliances, fittings, chimneys and flues must be safe and working efficiently. This is done by means of a Gas Safety check.

Three main legal responsibilities

When it comes to gas, landlords have three legal responsibilities:

  1. Gas safety checks

A gas safety check ensures:

–              All gas appliances are functioning at the correct pressure

–              All gas appliances are burning gas correctly and there is enough air supply

–              All flues and chimneys are located away from windows and are clear – so the appliance can emit gas from the property in a safe manner.

–              All cut-out systems and other safety devices are operating as they should be.

A gas safety check must be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer. At the end of inspection, a landlord is presented with a Landlord Gas Safety Record or Gas Safety certificate with details of all the checks that were carried out. It can also be referred to as a CP12 certificate.

The procedure must be carried out again 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, a landlord will end up with a new deadline date – 12 months from the most recent check.

  1. Gas Safety Record

Following the annual gas safety check and receipt of the Gas Safety Record, a landlord needs to provide a record of this check to their tenants. By law, a copy of the Landlord Gas Safety Record should be given to current tenants within 28 days of the check – and for new tenants, a landlord needs to provide this at the start of their tenancy.

For rental periods of less than 28 days, a landlord must display a copy of the record within the property. Copies of this gas safety check record must be displayed until a further two checks have been carried out.

  1. Maintenance

Landlords responsibility is to make sure all gas pipework, appliances, chimneys, and flues are kept in safe condition. It is advisable to check the gas appliances’ manufacturer guidelines to find out how often a service is recommended.

Installation pipework isn’t covered by the annual gas safety check, but it is recommended that a Gas Safe registered engineer tests for tightness on the whole gas system, including installation pipework and that they visually examine the pipework (so far as is reasonably practicable).

The above is based on the information provided by Gas Safe Register.

Who exactly is a ‘Gas Safe’ engineer?

For a heating engineer to be considered ‘Gas Safe’, they must have passed the Gas Safe certification. The necessary apprenticeship may take up to three years to complete. It’s important to check your heating engineer’s Gas Safe ID to ensure they are qualified to carry out the necessary work.

Why is a Gas Safety check important?

A gas safety check helps ensure your gas appliances are working properly, so they do not leak harmful gases like carbon monoxide into the property. Carbon monoxide poisoning can seriously harm you and your family members.

Here at Novum Property Solutions, we specialise in Gas Safety checks. We have Gas Safe registered engineers who are experienced and qualified. If you are looking to have a Gas Safety check performed on your property, please call us on 01992 830068, or contact us.

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