The law requires every landlord, in accordance with the Gas Safety Certificate (installation and use) of 1998, to ensure that all appliances, accessories and gas or LPG combustion channels installed in their rental properties are safe.
If you are an owner, the easiest way to ensure that you meet the necessary requirements is to reserve an annual gas safety check by a registered Gas Safe engineer. At the end of the gas safety check you will receive a gas protection certificate from the landlord, in which potential tenants are informed that you meet your legal obligation for gas safety on that property.
If a landlord does not meet the legal requirements for gas safety, he is responsible for severe penalties and criminal prosecution. If a tenant is injured by a landlord’s failure to ensure proper gas safety controls, a criminal court can impose unlimited fines, while if a death occurs due to gas safety negligence, the landlord can be accused of involuntary manslaughter. Most insurance companies also determine that if there is no current safety certificate for a rental property, any insurance policy that you own for the property is considered invalid. For these reasons, it is important to ensure that you have an up-to-date gas safety certificate for all your rental properties.
What is a gas safety check?
There are a number of security measures for which owners are legally responsible, but by ensuring that an annual gas safety check is performed and that an updated owner of the gas safety certificate is issued, you can ensure that Gas Appliance has been thoroughly revised on that property.
The gas safety inspection must always be carried out by a registered Gas Safe technician. The verification takes about an hour, during this time the engineer will:
- Perform a “gas tightness” check on all gas appliances to check for gas leaks.
- Check whether there is adequate ventilation in rooms that contain gas appliances.
- Test the security mechanisms on the devices to make sure they work.
- Perform a visual inspection of all devices.
- Check the burner pressure and gas flow according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Test the boiler rest and operating pressure (if test points are available for this).
After the verification is completed, you will receive a gas safety certificate from the owner. This document must be kept for two years after the inspection and a copy of the certificate must be given to the tenants who live on the property within two weeks after the end of the service.
PLEASE NOTE: Although all gas safety checks include an investigation of the boiler, some engineers charge extra costs for other devices, such as gas plates, heaters or fireplaces. To avoid hidden costs, always check what is included with your service when booking.
The quick way to book the service of an owner for gas safety certificates
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How much does the security certificate from an owner cost?
Although gas controllers are an integral part of the owner’s safety procedures, it is difficult to know exactly how much your certificate will cost, because prices vary from city to city depending on the competition for engineers in the area.
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