When it comes to gas, there is no second chance, so it is imperative that all landlords (and their rental agents) have the correct gas safety check. Although most landlords are aware that their properties require a gas safety certificate from a registered gas safety engineer, not everyone knows exactly what this means. Although the use of a registered Gas Safe engineer ensures that the correct verification are carried out, keeping up with the process is the only way to ensure that you meet the obligations and all your obligations both on your property and on your tenant.
What has to happen while Gas Safety Check?
Before the start of each lease, and annually thereafter, owners must make arrangements for a Gas Safe engineer to perform the following checks:
• Check the tightness of all gas appliances and accessories.
• Check the gas quantities and burner pressure with data from the manufacturer
• Check whether every ventilation opening and flue has adequate ventilation.
• Check the effectiveness of flame failure equipment.
What happens after having Check?
Once the checking is complete, the engineer must record the description and location of each appliance, chimney or verified ventilation, as well as the date on which they were evaluated. The engineer must also register his own name and registration number, as well as the property address and the name and address of his lessor.
Every sign of defects or security issues must be registered. They must then be examined and take corrective or recommended measures.
What should owners offer tenants?
New tenants must receive a copy of the gas safety verification record before moving to the property. Existing tenants must receive a copy of the annual gas safety check within 28 days of the verification. Otherwise it can have legal consequences.
A recent update…
A historic point of concern for homeowners and rental agents is the ability of homeowners to access the property to perform gas verification within the established annual time frame. With this in mind, a change to the regulations was made in 2018. Annual security checks should now be performed between 10 and 12 months from the point of the previous verification, but should be treated as if the verification was performed on the last day of the 12-month period. This gives the owners more time to ensure that the certificate is signed long before the expiration date, despite any problems with access.
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