Gas appliances that have been supplied by the landlord in tenanted accommodation are, by law, required to be tested and certified on an annual basis.
- An annual safety check is carried out on each gas appliance/flue by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Checks need to have taken place within one year of the start of the tenancy/lease date, unless the appliances have been installed for less than 12 months, in which case they should be checked within 12 months of their installation date.
- Gas fittings (appliances, pipework) and flues are maintained in a safe condition
- All installation, maintenance and safety checks are carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
- A record of each safety certificate is kept for two years.
A copy of the current safety certificate (CP12), is issued to each existing tenant within 28 days of the certificate being completed, or to any new tenant before they move in. See the Health & Safety Executive website for more information.
From the legal side; a landlord is not required to have their pipework tested, however N4 Gas and the Gas Safe Register acknowledge that this is simply poor wording of the legal framework as a landlord would be responsible if the pipework leaked; as such, N4 Gas will, where possible always carry out a gas tightness (soundness) test, unless specified by the landlord first.
N4 Gas will carry out gas safety checks, so for more information on Gas Safety Inspections and Landlord Safety Certificates, please contact us.
It's not a service!
Under the current guidelines; a landlord is not required to carry out a "service" of their appliance(s), just a check - A bit like a car MOT. We strongly advise landlords consider getting their appliance(s) serviced at the same time as the inspection. We offer a range of Service Plans as well that will ensure your legal duty is never forgotten or overlooked.