Landlord gas safety certificates

By law, any landlord who supplies gas appliances in tenanted accommodation must get them checked and listed in a Gas Safety Certificate every 12 months. All gas appliances must be checked, including fires, cookers, hobs, water heaters and boilers.

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What does it involve?

Numerous procedures must be followed strictly before a Landlord Gas Safety Certificate can be issued:

  • • Check appliance for gas tightness (ie no leaks)
  • • Check standing and working pressure
  • • Check ventilation
  • • Check burner pressure and gas rate
  • • Test flue flow to ensure removal of combustion by-products
  • • Check operation of flame failure devices
  • • Tightness test for full system
  • • Check overall condition and investigate for any evidence of unsafe operation, including electrical bonding
  • • Combustion performance - analyse appliance and provide printed report
  • • Inspect gas hob and cooker (where applicable)

Note: if gas fires are present an additional charge per appliance will be added to test these as part of the safety check.

As a landlord you are legally obliged to ensure that:

  • • All pipe work, appliances and flues provided for tenants are maintained and safe
  • • An annual gas safety check is carried out on every appliance and/or flue that you provide for tenants' use
  • • Any repairs, servicing, maintenance and annual safety checks are carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer
  • • You keep a record of each safety check for a minimum of two years
  • • You issue a copy of the Gas Safety Certificate to an existing tenant within 28 days of the check being carried out, or to any new tenants when they move in
  • • All gas equipment (including any appliance left by a previous tenant) is safe or otherwise removed before re-letting

Your tenants’ rights

Any tenant has the right to view a Landlord Gas Safety Certificate for the property they occupy. If you fail to provide one within a reasonable time the tenant must report you to Gas Safe, which is run by the Health and Safety Executive.

For more information go to www.hse.gov.uk/gas/domestic