Gas Safety Certificate - Legal Requirement For Landlords

By Jonathan Daines

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Gas Safety Certificates

A Gas Safety Certificate (also known as a CP12) is a legal requirement when renting out a property which has a gas supply to an appliance or the heating system is fired by gas.  Inspections must be carried out by competent gas engineers that are GasSafe registered.

How long is the Gas Safety Certificate valid?

The Gas Safety Certificate is to be renewed every 12 months.  The renewal must be carried out by a GasSafe registered engineer following a visit to the property.

Gas Safety Regulations

The Gas Safety Regulations 1998 place a statutory duty on all Landlords of residential property to ensure that all gas appliances, pipe work and flues are maintained in a safe condition.

Landlords are bound to certain legal regulations when it comes to gas safety. A landlords’ legal duties apply to a wide range of accommodation including:

  • Residential properties that are let by local authorities, housing associations, private sector landlords, housing co-operatives, hostels
  • Rooms let in bed-sit accommodation, private households, bed and breakfast accommodation and hotels
  • Rented holiday accommodation such as chalets, cottages, flats, caravans and narrow boats on inland waterways

A landlord must also provide each tenant with a copy of the gas safety certificate when they check in.  Never should a landlord check in a tenant without one.  You may be endangering somebody else’s life.

Regulations were updated as from 1st January 2013.  The whole flue must be visible for inspection and if it is not, the engineer will not issue a certificate and will turn off the boiler until the issue is rectified.  This can mean inspection hatches need to be fitted in ceilings or walls where the flue is hidden.

If you haven’t already sorted out your own Gas Safety Certificate, you can order one online here.

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