• Nicholas Hall

What does a landlords gas safety certificate cover?

An essential step when letting a residential property is ensuring a yearly gas safety check is carried out. Landlords are responsible to arrange this check as a duty of care to their tenants. It is not the responsibility of the registered engineers to make sure that the landlord's gas safety checks are up to date.

When carrying out a gas safety check the engineer will note down and check all gas appliances within the property along with:

  • The location of each appliance.

  • Their flues if they have them.

  • If the safety devices are working correctly.

  • Any safety defects and actions needed or that have been taken to fix them.

  • It is good to practise for the engineer to carry out a tightness test on the whole system including installation pipework with a visual examination of the pipework where possible.

  • The date the checks were carried out.

  • The name and registration number of the engineer who carried out the checks with a signature.

Once all the results are recorded the engineer will either send a carbon copy or a digital copy to the landlord and you will need to provide a record of this check to your tenant.

Once the tenant allows access to the property the engineer can then carry out the checks as usual, but each property should be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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