It is the responsibility of a landlord to ensure that the gas fittings and appliances in the property that they own are in line with gas safety regulations, landlords that fail to do this are breaking the law and putting tenants at risk. Faulty gas appliances and fittings can lead to gas leaks, carbon monoxide poisoning and fires. This is why our team at ProTecBoilers have put together this guide to help both landlords and tenants know where they stand and what to do when it comes to gas safety.
Landlords Gas Safety Regulations
There are many tasks that you have to undertake as a landlord to ensure that your property is safe for tenants under the gas safety regulations. These tasks include, annual gas safety checks and getting a CP12 Certificate all of which has to be done by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer. It is a legal obligation for landlords in the UK to ensure their property remains safe for their tenants.
Annual Gas Safety Checks
It is a landlords responsibility and legal requirement to book a gas safety check each year with a gas safe registered engineer. This involves the engineer checking every gas appliance in the property to reduce the risk of faults and gas leaks. After the engineer has completed all the checks a gas safety record also known as a gas safety certificate will be given to the landlord and this will need to be updated every 12 months.
A CP12 certificate is also known as a gas safety certificate and it is a legal requirement for all landlords to have one and keep them up to date. This is what proves that all the gas appliances are safe and fit for purpose. This will be supplied by a gas safe registered engineer once they have inspected the appliances and carried out any necessary work.
By law landlords need to provide a copy of this certificate to their tenants when they move in or within 28 days of the check if the tenants are already in the property. This will need to be updated annually to ensure that all gas appliances are still fault free and meeting gas safety regulations.
Gas Appliance Maintenance
Landlords have to comply with the Gas Safety Regulations and this means that all appliances, chimneys and flues, as well as gas pipework, are kept in a safe condition. Private landlords have to take responsibility for the maintenance of gas appliances located in their property. This means that by having an annual gas safety check, your tenants can have complete confidence when it comes to using those appliances.
Fines and Penalties
Failure to follow the gas safety regulations can result in fines and even up to a six month prison sentence! This is why it is so important to follow the gas safety regulations and ensure you obtain an updated CP12 certificate every 12 months.
If you are a landlord in Wakefield and need a gas safe registered engineer to come and carry out your annual gas safety checks and provide you with a CP12 certificate then contact ProTecBoilers today – 01924 731 838