Any landlord letting a property that is equipped with a gas appliance must understand and comply with the law relating to gas safety. If you let a property, you must make ensure the following:
•Any pipe work leading to or inside the property, appliances and flues provided for tenants are maintained in a safe condition.
•You must have a gas safety check every year.
•A Gas Safe registered engineer must carry out the safety check in your properties in Great Britain and the Isle of Man.
•You must give your tenants a copy of the gas safety certificate within 28 days of it being carried out or before they move in.
•You are obliged to show your tenants how they can turn off the gas supply in the event of a gas leak.
Your Gas Safe registered engineer may give you gas safety information to show your gas appliances are working safely.
After a Gas Safe registered engineer has fitted or serviced your gas appliance, they will often leave you with a report which explains what checks they did. This report may be issued as a gas safety record, sometimes referred to as a gas safety certificate depending on the job you have asked them to do. It isnt always a legal requirement for your engineer to give you this type of information, but many Gas Safe registered engineers will provide it or similar.
The gas safety information tells you that the gas appliance or gas fitting has been checked to see if it is working safely and meets the correct safety standards. This information may also tell you when you next need to service the appliance.
Its important to get your appliances regularly serviced to make sure they are working efficiently and safely. You should also have a gas safety check done on all gas fittings and appliances every year.
Are you a landlord?
Landlords must be able to provide their tenants with an up-to-date Gas Safety record.
By law, landlords must have all gas appliances serviced regularly, normally once a year by a Gas Safe registered engineer who will provide a Gas Safety record upon completion of the check.
What information does the Landlords Gas Safety record contain?
As a minimum, the record of a gas safety check must contain
• Description and location of each appliance and/or flue checked
• Name, registration number and signature of the engineer who carried out the check
• Date on which the appliance and/or flue was checked
• The address of the property at which the appliance and/or flue is installed
• The name and address of the landlord (or his agent where appropriate)
• Any defect identified and any action required or taken to fix it
• Confirmation of the results of operational safety checks carried out on the appliances.
Are a gas safety check and a service the same thing?
Not quite. A service includes a thorough clean of the appliance as well as the gas safety checks.
For a gas safety check or a service, essential safety checks are done to make sure gas fittings and appliances are safe to use. These checks include;
• Checking the flue or chimney to make sure the products of combustion (fumes) are being safely removed to outside.
• Checking there is an adequate supply of fresh air so the gas burns properly.
• Checking the appliance is burning the gas properly.
• Checking all safety devices are working properly and shutting the appliance off if a fault occurs.