As the owner, you must ensure that your tenants remain safe on the land that you rent. Their legal obligations apply to a wide range of accommodations that are inhabited under a lease or license. Get your Gas Safety Certificate from London Property Inspections at low Cost. These include:
- Housing spaces rented by local authorities, housing associations, private owners, cooperatives and shelters.
- Rooms in rooms, private houses, bed and breakfast and hotels.
- Vacation rentals are rented out as chalets, cottages, flats, Air bnb properties, caravans and narrow boats on waterways.
What are the responsibilities of the owner for gas safety?
The gas safety regulations (installation and use) of 1998 describe your duties as owner to ensure that all devices, fixtures, fireplaces and gas channels are safe and work efficiently. If you leave a home with gas appliances installed, you have three main legal responsibilities:
1. Gas safety checks
To guarantee the safety of its tenants, all gas appliances and channels must undergo an annual gas safety check, and always by a registered Gas Safe engineer. Once this has been done, you will receive a gas safety report from the owner or a gas safety certificate with details of all verification carried out. It can also be called CP12 certificate.
You can perform a gas safety check at any time between 10 and 12 months after the last check, without affecting the expiration date of the original check. If they are less than 10 or more than 12 months after the last check, it ends with a new deadline: 12 months from the most recent check.
The devices owned by your tenants are not your responsibility, although it is still up to you to ensure the safety of the connecting pipes unless they are only connected to the tenants’ devices.
2. Gas safety report
After the annual gas safety verification and receipt of the gas safety report from your landlord, you must provide a report of this verification to your tenants. By law, a copy of your landlord’s gas safety report must be provided to your current tenants within 28 days of the gas safety verification and for new tenants you must provide this at the start of your tenancy agreement. For a rental period of less than 28 days, make sure you have clearly shown a copy of your registration with the accommodation. Keep copies of this gas safety verification record until two other verification have been performed.
You must ensure that all gas lines, appliances, fireplaces and channels are kept in a safe state. Consult the gas appliance manufacturer’s guidelines to find out how often a service is recommended. If you do not have access to this, we recommend an annual service unless your registered Gas Safe technician suggests otherwise.
Pipeline installation is not covered by the annual gas safety check, but we and HSE both recommend that you ask your registered Gas Safe technician during your safety check:
Tightness test on the entire gas system, including installation pipes
Visually inspect the tube (as reasonable as possible)
There are no formal requirements for you to keep track of maintenance data, but you must be able to prove that you have regularly maintained the pipes, equipment and flue pipes and have carried out the necessary repairs.
How much does a gas safety check from the owner cost?
The costs of your owner’s gas safety verification depend on the registered Gas Safe technician who performs his annual gas safety verification. It is worth contacting a registered Gas Safe company before a technician performs the safety check.
It is always a good idea to ensure that your tenants know where and how to close the gas and what to do in the event of a gas case. In London, a private landlord must provide a carbon monoxide (CO) detector when there is a fixed combustion device, but this does not apply to devices used exclusively for cooking. In Northern London, a CO detector is required when installing a new or replacement combustion device.
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