Gas Safety: Landlord’s responsibility
If you’re looking to rent out your property, as a landlord it is a legal requirement that all gas appliances, pipework, chimney and flues in the property are checked on an annual basis. This is for the safety of the tenants and to have overall peace of mind that all gas aspects within the building are maintained and meet the compliant standards. The checks must be carried out by a Gas Safe engineer who will check that everything is working in correct order and that appliances such as gas ovens, gas stoves and handheld devices are safe to use. The certificate provided will be delivered within 28 days of the check being completed, and the tenants must have a copy of this before moving into the property. If you’re a landlord that owns multiple properties then you’ll need to acquire a Gas Safety certificate separately for each of the buildings you are renting out to future tenants.
What is a Gas Safety certificate
The Landlord’s Gas Safety Certificate or CP12 certificate is a document that demonstrates that Gas Safety checks have been carried out in the named property by a professional. They can only be supplied by registered gas engineers and details what appliances have been tested and provide further details of the inspection that have been carried out. You’ll need one each for the properties that you are renting out as a landlord and will also need to provide tenants with a copy before they move in. As it is a legal requirement to have a Gas Safety certificate, you could risk a fine or even imprisonment without one.