As a private landlord, whether of a residential property or holiday accommodation, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of your tenants. One particular safety regulation that is of utmost importance is gas safety. Every rental property, by law, that has a gas supply must have a gas safety certificate. It is also recommended that gas appliances are also serviced and checked annually.
Who Can Carry Out A Gas Safety Check?
Only Gas Safe engineers can carry out these checks. Even if you used to be a gas fitter you must not complete these checks yourself. You can check that your engineer is registered as Gas Safe by looking at the number on the back of their Gas Safe Register registration card, or by looking on the Gas Safe Register website.
At Surab Ltd, we have a team of Gas Safe engineers who can carry out these checks and provide landlords with the required gas safety certificate. We are based in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, and we provide our services to the surrounding areas.
Which Appliances Need Checking?
All gas appliances that you own and provide for a tenant must be checked regularly as a part of your legal duties. If your tenants have their own gas appliances that you have not provided then they are responsible for the appliance. However, you will still be responsible for the pipework.
If a previous tenant has left a gas appliance in your property then it is your duty to either remove the item or arrange for it to be checked by a Gas Safe engineer.
How Often Do I Need A Gas Safety Check?
Gas safety checks should be carried out annually on each gas appliance and flue, and your gas safety certificate will be valid for 12 months. Your tenants must be shown this certificate within 28 days upon completion of the check.
Should your tenants leave and new tenants are due to move in, even if your certificate is still valid, it’s important to check the appliances as the previous tenants could have left them in an unsafe condition. You must show your new tenants a copy of your gas safety certificate and must also keep a copy of your certificates for two years.
Legitimate landlord gas safety certificates will show:
- The date and address of the examination.
- The landlord’s details.
- Description and location of appliances.
- Recognition and recording of any defects.
- The name and signature of the gas operative and the Gas Safe registration number of the engineer.