Why do Landlords NEED Gas Certificates?
It’s been almost 2 decades (1998) since the Gas Safety Regulations made it a legal requirement for landlords that supply gas appliances in tenanted accommodation to get them checked and listed in a Gas Safety Certificate.
As a landlord, you must obtain one of these every year by law. Failure to obtain the gas safety certificate will usually result in a fine. For more serious, repeat or problem cases however, imprisonment can also be a punishment.
Every gas appliance will need to be checked and listed in the report, including fires, cookers, hobs, gas heaters and boilers. Although this is a legal requirement, it’s more about protecting the tenant and making sure all appliances are safe to use in the property.
What will be listed and tested?
All gas appliances will need to be listed on the certificate, which will also include personal and basic information such as the property address, landlord and agent name and our Gas Safe number, if you use us: 520077. As list of the gas appliances within the property will be listed, with the date of inspection, along with any defects or recommendation’s, where the appliance is location in the property and whether or not it is safe to use.
The testing process
When conducting a Gas Safety Certificate for landlords, there is a strict procedure that must be followed. We have outlined this procedure below:
- Check gas tightness of appliance
- Check the pressure (both standing and working)
- Check ventilation, ensuring satisfactory provision
- Check both the gas rate and burner pressure
- Carry out a flue test to remove combustible products
- Check that the flame failure device(s) operate correctly
- Check/test the full system for tightness
- Investigate the overall condition of the
Landlord’s Main Responsibilities
The main source of carbon monoxide poisoning comes from having poorly maintained appliances and inadequate ventilation, which can increase the problem further. It is a legal requirement for landlords to follow procedures and is their sole responsibility to make sure all tests are carried out, even if an agent is employed. We have listed the main responsibilities of a landlord below:
- Make sure all gas appliances and flues are maintained and in a safe condition.
- Make sure an annual gas safety check is carried out in every property with gas appliances.
- Make sure all repair, maintenance or servicing work is completed by a Gas Sage registered engineer.
- Make sure all records are kept for a minimum of 2 years.
- Make sure a copy of the certificate is sent to the client within 28 days of the check being carried out or to new tenants when they move in.
Tenants have the right to view the landlord’s gas certificate when they move into a property. It is never the landlords responsibility to make sure the certificate is completed. The onus is always on the landlord.
How can we help?
Birmingham Boiler Repairs are Gas Safe Registered engineers with the ability to carry out gas safety checks for landlords in the local Birmingham area. We can provide you with the certificate you need, as well as offering maintenance and repair services for appliances that are old, faulty, damaged or completely broken. Once the certificate is completed, we will produce 3 copies, one for the landlord, one for the tenant and one for ourselves to keep on record.
Call us today and ask us about landlord gas certificates in Birmingham: 0121 647 3668. We offer competitive pricing and excellent rates for boiler servicing too (£45).