Gas Safety Certificates
Landlords must be able to provide their tenants with an up-to-date Gas Safety record. You have duties under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 to arrange maintenance by a Gas Safe registered engineer for all pipework, appliances and flues, which you own and have provided for your tenants use. You must also arrange for an annual gas safety check to be carried out every 12 months by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. You must keep a record of the safety check for 2 years and issue a copy to each existing tenant within 28 days of the check being completed and issue a copy to any new tenants before they move in. Brookes Hall are happy to arrange this for you if instructed.
What information does the Landlords Gas Safety record contain?
As a minimum, the record of a gas safety check must contain:
- description and location of each appliance and/or flue checked
- name, registration number and signature of the engineer who carried out the check
- date on which the appliance and/or flue was checked
- the address of the property at which the appliance and/or flue is installed
- the name and address of the landlord (or his agent where appropriate)
- any defect identified and any action required or taken to fix it
- confirmation of the results of operational safety checks carried out on the appliances.
What should I expect from my gas safety check or service?
During a gas safety check or service, your Gas Safe registered engineer should be checking:
- your appliance is burning correctly and not producing Carbon Monoxide
- harmful gases are being removed from the appliance safely to the air outside
- that any ventilation routes are clear and work properly
- all the safety devices are working
As a minimum, the record of a gas safety check must check:
- appliances are positioned in the right place
- any flue or chimney serving appliances is safe and installed correctly
- there is a good supply of combustion air (ventilation) to appliances
- to make sure appliances are on the right setting and are burning correctly
- appliances are operating correctly and are safe to use
Are a gas safety check and a service the same thing?
Not quite. A service includes a thorough clean of the appliance as well as the gas safety checks.
For a gas safety check or a service, essential safety checks are done to make sure gas fittings and appliances are safe to use. These checks include;
- checking the flue or chimney to make sure the products of combustion (fumes) are being safely removed to outside.
- checking there is an adequate supply of fresh air so the gas burns properly.
- checking the appliance is burning the gas properly.
- checking all safety devices are working properly and shutting the appliance off if a fault occurs.