Need gas safety certificates ? we are registered for gas safety certificates, call us for gas safety certificates and annual landlords gas safety certificates. According to the UK Health and Safety Executive, a person is considered to be a landlord if they own any land and rents or leases the property for a term less than 7 years, or under a license. The 1998 Gas Safety Installation and Use Regulations state that all landlords in the UK are required to maintain valid Gas safety certificates.
Landlords are required to obtain gas safety certificates in order to comply with common law and will need the certificate as a matter of preventing deaths and accidents, avoiding jail or fines, keeping low insurance rates, and avoiding major liabilities in the case of gas failure.
Landlords are also required to keep a copy of each gas inspection report for a period of at least two years. If a new tenant occupies the residence within twelve months of the last annual inspection, the landlord is required to provide each of them with a copy of the gas inspection report. When a new gas inspection has been performed all tenants of the property must be provided with a report of the check within 28 days.
Landlords have specific legal responsibilities to their tenants when it comes to gas safety :
Understanding the law for rental accommodation
As a landlord, you are responsible for the safety of your tenants. Landlords’ duties apply to a wide range of accommodation, occupied under a lease or licence, which includes, but not exclusively:
residential premises provided for rent 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.
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 deal with landlords’ duties to make sure gas appliances, fittings and flues provided for tenants are safe.
If you let a property equipped with gas appliances you have three main responsibilities:
Maintenance: pipework, appliances and flues must be maintained in a safe condition. Gas appliances should be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If these are not available it is recommended that they are serviced annually unless advised otherwise by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Gas safety checks: a 12 monthly gas safety check must be carried out on every gas appliance/flue. A gas safety check will make sure gas fittings and appliances are safe to use.
Record: a record of the annual gas safety check must be provided to your tenant within 28 days of the check being completed or to new tenants before they move in. Landlords must keep copies of the gas safety record for two years.
All installation, maintenance and safety checks need to be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
If a tenant has their own gas appliance that you have not provided, then you are responsible for the maintenance of the gas pipework but not for the actual appliance.
You should also make sure your tenants know where to turn off the gas and what to do in the event of a gas emergency.
What if my tenant won’t allow me access to the property?
The contract you draw up with the tenant should allow you access for any maintenance or safety check work to be carried out. You have to take ‘all reasonable steps’ to ensure this work is carried out, and this may involve giving written notice to a tenant requesting access, and explaining the reason. Keep a record of any action, in case a tenant refuses access and you have to demonstrate what steps have been taken.
Visit the HSE website for more information about landlords’ responsibility for gas safety.
What if I’m only renting my property for a short period of time?
Even if a property is only rented for a short period of time, perhaps only a week as a holiday home, you are still a landlord and have specific duties for gas safety. For information on landlords’ gas safety responsibilities which apply to short term lets, please go to : Gas Safe Register or HSE website