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Gas Safety Certificate

By law, landlords must have all gas appliances serviced regularly, normally once a year by a Gas Safe registered engineer. All properties that are rented out must have an annual inspection to ensure that the gas boiler, pipe work, appliances and flues provided for tenants are maintained in a safe condition. The Gas Safe registered engineer will provide a Gas Safety record upon completion of the check. You must give your tenant a copy of the gas safety record within 28 days of the checks being done, or give a copy of the gas safety record to a new tenant before they move in. The Landlord faces severe fines or imprisonment if he does not have a gas safety check inspection carried out annually. Remember, a landlord must keep a record of each safety check for two years.

If you require a Landlord Gas Safety Certificate for your property then Option Homes can arrange for a Gas Safe registered engineer to provide you with the relevant documents to ensure that you comply with your legal requirements under the Gas Safety (Installation & Use Regulations) 1986. Please ask a member of staff for further details.

You should also make sure your tenants know where to turn off the gas and what to do in the event of a gas emergency.

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

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.

Can you smell gas?

In a gas emergency act quickly and take the following safety steps:

Get fresh air immediately. Open all doors and windows to ventilate the room

Switch off the appliance and do not use it again until it has been checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer

Turn off the gas supply at the mains

Call the National Gas Emergency number: 0800 111 999

If you are feeling ill visit your GP or the hospital immediately and tell them that your symptoms may be related to carbon monoxide poisoning

Contact a Gas Safe registered engineer to check and fix the appliance.

National Gas Emergency number: 0800 111 999.

Visit www.gassaferegister.co.uk for more information about landlords’ responsibility for gas safety.

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