The only document required by law for all landlords renting residential properties
Under the Gas Safety Regulations, it is the landlord’s responsibility to obtain a Gas Safety Certificate annually. You should keep your certificate safe for 2 years and forward it onto the current tenants, within 28 days of the inspection. A copy of the Gas Safety Record must be provided to each new tenant when they move in. If you employ a property management company or letting agent to deal with your property then make sure the responsibility for the Gas Safety Certificate is outlined in your contract.
What is a Gas Safety Record?
It is a document that outlines the results of a Gas Safety Check.
What is it for?
The Gas Safety Check assesses whether the following meet safety regulations:
- All gas appliances
- Gas pressure including when an appliance is working and when it is not
- Burner pressure
- Ventilation checks
- Flue flow and whether harmful emissions can escape
- Checks for evidence of unsafe operation of gas appliances
The results of these checks are then compiled into a document with becomes the Landlord Gas Safety Record or Certificate. If there are any issues that have been highlighted during the check they will be listed.
Who can carry out a Gas Safety check?
Only qualified and registered engineers.
What happens if I don’t have one?
Failure to complete a Gas Safety Record, or comply with any safety regulations will lead to a fine and possibly prison.
To learn more, and find a registered gas safe engineer, visit the Gas Safe website.