If you let a property equipped with gas appliances you have three main responsibilities related to gas safety:
- Maintenance: pipework, appliances and flues must be maintained in a safe condition. All work must be serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
- Gas Safety Checks/Certificates: an annual (12 monthly) gas safety check must be carried out on every gas appliance/flue provided with the property. A gas safety check will make sure gas fittings and appliances are safe to use, and then supply a certificate.
- Record: landlords must provide their tenant with a copy of the gas safety certificate within 28 days of the check being completed, and new tenants should receive a copy before they move in.
What is a Gas Safety Certificate?
A Gas safety Certificate (CP12) , also commonly referred to as a Gas safety Record, is a document that confirms a Gas Safety check has been performed on gas appliances by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer in the property you are letting.
Which Gas Appliances should be checked?
Any gas appliance that the landlord supplies with the property MUST be safety checked. This includes appliances such as gas ovens, gas ovens, and hand held appliances that use gas.
If the tenant brings their own gas appliance into the property, it is not the landlords responsibility to ensure they are gas safe.
Do I need a Gas Safety Certificate?
Yes, if the property comes with gas appliances, it is the landlord’s legal obligation.
The Gas Safety Regulations 1998 place a statutory duty on all landlords of residential property to ensure that all gas appliances, pipe work and flues are maintained in a safe condition.
How often do I need to renew my gas safety inspection?
Gas Safety Certificate’s last for 12 months, so a safety check on all gas appliances needs to be done on an annual basis.
However, up until April 6th 2018, a Gas Safety Certificate would last for 12 months from the day the engineer performed the inspection. This meant that landlords would often get a check done every 10-11 months just to be safe.
However, this has since changed, because it meant that landlords would end up overlapping and essentially paying more. So now, a gas safety inspection performed in the 2 months prior to the expiry of the current Certificate is treated as having been performed on the last day of the existing certificate.
You do not need a new Gas Safety Certificate for each time new tenants move in, or when there has been a brand-new installation of gas appliances.
What do I do with the Gas Safety Certificate?
You should keep the original copy of the certificate and provide your existing tenant with a copy within 28 days of the checks being done, while new tenants should be given a copy before they move into the premises.
Do I need a Certificate for each rental property I own?
Yes. You need a Gas Safety Certificate per rental property. So if you have a portfolio of 12 properties, you will need a separate Gas Safety Certificate’s for each property.
How do I get one?
A Gas Safe registered engineer can do the gas safety checks and provide you with a Gas Safety Certificate.