Gas Landlord Safety Certificate
As a landlord, you have certain responsibilities. It doesn't matter if you rent out one house to a friend or forty houses to students, it's up to you to make sure your rented properties are safe and free from hazards, that all gas and electrical equipment supplied with the house is correctly installed and maintained and that you comply with fire safety regulations.
Many new landlords get confused about what they need to do to comply with the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. Basically, the regulations mean that you're responsible for the correct installation and maintenance of any
gas fittings in the house, including any in communal areas that tenants might use. As well as the appliances themselves, such as boilers, gas fires and cookers, this also includes any pipework or flues.
What you need to do:
Twelve months after the installation of a new gas appliance and every twelve months thereafter, get a Gas Safe Registered engineer to carry out a safety check. They'll issue you with a gas safety certificate, which you need to keep for at least two years. When you change tenants, the new occupants will also need a copy of the certificate.
What the certificate covers:
To issue your certificate, the engineer will check the following areas:
- That there are no gas leaks from appliances or pipework
- Burner and gas pressure
- That there's adequate ventilation
- That any flame failure devices are working correctly
- Physical safety of appliances, such as brackets and any uneven surfaces
Gas safe tips:
Although you only have to have the certificate issued once a year, it's a good idea to have an interim safety check carried out by a qualified engineer before new tenants move in. That way, you can be sure everything's in good working order for the new occupants. In addition to making regular safety checks, it's also a good idea to install carbon monoxide detectors for added peace of mind.