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Every landlord is required by law, under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations of 1998, to make sure that all gas or LPG appliances, fittings and associated flues installed in their rental properties are safe.
If you are a landlord, the easiest way for you to make sure that you are meeting the necessary requirements, is to book an annual gas safety check for all relevant appliances, by a Gas Safe registered engineer. At the end of this check, you will receive a Landlord Gas Safety Certificate (also known as a CP12 certificate), which lets any potential tenants know that you are fulfilling your legal obligation for gas safety in that property.
What Does a Gas Safety Check Involve?
There are a number of gas safety measures that landlords are legally responsible for, however, by ensuring that an annual gas safety check is carried out and an up-to-date CP12 certificate is issued, you can ensure that any gas appliances in that property have been thoroughly checked.
A gas safety inspection should always be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer. The check will take around one hour, during this time the engineer will:
Run a ‘gas tightness’ check on all gas appliances, to check for gas leaks.
Check that there is adequate ventilation in rooms that contain gas appliances.
Test the safety mechanisms in the appliances, to make sure that they are working.
Carry out a visual inspection of all appliances.
Check the burner pressure and gas rate, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Test the standing and working pressure of the boiler (if test points are available for this).
After the safety check is complete, our engineer will provide you with a landlord gas safety certificate (or CP12 certificate).
This document should be held for at least two years after the date of the service, and a copy should be given to any tenants that live in the property within two weeks of the service being completed.