Every landlord is legally obliged, under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations of 1998, to ensure that all gas or LPG equipment, fittings and associated smoke ducts installed in their rental properties are safe.
If you are a landlord, the easiest way to ensure that you meet the necessary requirements is to book an annual gas safety check by a registered engineer at Gas Safe. At the end of the gas safety check you will receive a gas safety certificate from the landlord, with which potential tenants know that you meet your legal obligation for gas safety in that building.
Gas Safety Certificate for London Landlords
If a lessor does not meet the legal requirements for gas safety, they are liable for severe penalties and criminal prosecution. If a tenant is harmed by the landlord’s failure to secure proper gas safety controls, a criminal court can impose unlimited fines, while if death occurs due to gas safety negligence, the landlord can be accused of manslaughter. A majority of insurers also determine that if there is no current gas safety certificate for the lessor for a rental property, any insurance policy that you have for the property is considered invalid. For these reasons, it is important to ensure that you are in possession of an up-to-date gas safety certificate for all your rental properties.
What does a gas safety check entail?
There are a number of safety measures for which landlords are legally responsible, but by ensuring that an annual gas safety check is performed and an up-to-date landlord gas safety certificate is issued, you can ensure that all gas appliances in that property have been thoroughly checked.
A gas safety inspection must always be carried out by a gas safe registered technician. The check takes about an hour, during which 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 safety mechanisms in 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 position and operating pressure of the boiler (if test points are available for this).
After the check is completed, the engineer will provide you with a gas safety certificate from the lessor. This document must be kept for two years after the inspection and a copy of the certificate must be given to all tenants who live in the building within two weeks of completing the service.
PLEASE NOTE: Although all gas safety checks include a boiler inspection, some engineers charge additional costs for other appliances such as gas hobs, stoves, or fireplaces. To avoid hidden costs, always check what is included with your service when booking.
The quick way to book a service for gas safety certificates for landlords
It can be difficult to find a reliable, qualified engineer to perform gas safety checks and boiler services for your rental properties. Our fast, simple and handy comparison service has been designed to make booking safety checks on gas stress-free.
Simply enter the zip code of your rental property in the quick offer form to:
- Receive immediate, competitive quotes from registered gas safety engineers in the UK.
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- Book online 24/7, 365 days a year.
- Avoid monthly costs – you don’t pay a cent until the service is complete!
- After you have chosen a technician and booked your service, the technician will contact you within 48 hours to make an appointment.
How much does a security certificate from the landlord cost?
Although gas inspections are an integral part of the landlord’s safety procedures, it is difficult to know exactly how much your certificate will cost because the prices vary from city to city depending on the competition for engineers in the area.
The easiest way to get an accurate picture of the price is to compare service quotes from a set of qualified technicians. Simply enter your property details in our fast quotation form to compare prices now!
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