GAS SAFETY CERTIFICATES FOR LANDLORDS

By law, under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, it's your responsibility to get a Gas Safety Certificate every twelve months, for each property you rent out. You must get this from a Gas Safe Registered engineer for all pipe work, gas appliances and flues installed at your property.


What you’ll get with a Gas Safety Certificate:

  • Your gas appliances will be checked for gas tightness.

  • If test points are available, standing and working pressure will be tested.

  • Your Gas Safe engineer will check burner pressure and gas rate against the manufacturers data plate.

  • Checks will be carried out for the provision of all necessary ventilation.

  • Flue flow will be tested to make sure products of combustion are removed.

  • All flame failure devices will be checked for satisfactory operation.

  • Where appropriate checks will be made for physical stability, presence and effectiveness of stability brackets.

  • Investigations for any evidence of unsafe operation will be made and reported.


Without completing all of the above checks an appliance can not be issued a Gas Safety Certificate. 

Installing a Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm is a legal requirement where there is an open log or coal burning fire (whether or not the fire is actually in use); it is highly recommended wherever there is a gas appliance. It’s the best way to make sure your tenants are safe from dangers of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

REMEMBER -  an alarm should never replace regular maintenance and safety checks.

GAS SAFETY CERTIFICATES FOR PEOPLE SELLING THEIR HOME

Although there is no legal requirement to provide the buyer of your home with a Gas Safety Certificate, it may make the selling process much easier.
Many solicitors ask for a certificate as part of the Home Information Pack (HIP), which every house seller has to provide.
We can provide you with a Gas Safety Certificate - it usually takes about 45 minutes, and gives you and your buyer peace of mind.

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