What is a gas safety certificate?
The gas safety certificate is a proof a gas engineer leaves after having serviced, fitted or safety checked is dependent upon the function and type of work carried out. The gas safety certificate is a legal requirement for every rentals properties in the United Kingdom where gas appliances remain in usage or present and the only documentation required by law is a Landlord Gas Safety Record.
Gas safety records or gas safety certificates sometimes referred to or known as a CP12 (From CORGI Proforma 12 ). CORGI scheme was a previous UK body for gas safety but in 2009 the Gas Safe Register which took over from the CORGI scheme.
As a Landlord, you will need to keep a record of the safety inspection for 2 years. A gas safety certificate is your evidence that your appliances have actually been checked for safety. From a legal viewpoint it is vital to keep records of essential checks like this– should anything go wrong with a gas appliance and a gas system, you will have proof that you were ensured it’s performance and safety. Most importantly, it’s your record that your appliances are safe to use.
What you’ll get with a Gas Safety Certificate:
- Gas engineers will carry out the gas tightness test.
- If test points for the appliance are available, standing and working pressure will be checked.
- Flue flow will be checked to make sure products of combustion are removed.
- The gas safe engineer will inspect gas rate and burner pressure against the manufacturer’s data plate.
- Checks will be carried out for the arrangement of all needed ventilation.
- Investigations for any evidence of unsafe work will be made and reported.
- All flame failure devices will be inspected for acceptable operation.
- Where unique checks will be performed for the effectiveness of stability brackets, physical stability and presence.
- By law, under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Laws 1998, it’s your duty to obtain a Gas Safety Certificate every 12 months.
- The landlord is liable for serious charges and prosecution If they cannot satisfy the legal requirements for gas safety. If a tenant is hurt due to a failure on the landlord’s part to protect a right gas safety certificate then the criminal court can enforce large fines, while if a death occure as a result of landlord negligence through gas safety, the landlord can be charged with murder.
- A majority of the UK insurance provider also specify that if there is not a present gas certificate for a rental property, then any building insurance policy that you hold for the property will be considered invalid. For these factors, it is crucial making sure that you hold a valid gas safety certificate for all your rental properties.
Landlord’s Gas Safety certificate or record includes, but not limited to:
- Name, registration number and signature of the engineer who carried out the inspection.
- A description and location of each gas appliance in the property.
- Flue conditions.
- Precise date on which the check was performed.
- The address of the property where the appliances/flues are installed.
- The name and address of the landlord (or their letting agent where applicable).
- Any safety problem identified and any action needed or taken to rectify it.
- Verification of the outcomes of the operational safety checks performed on the gas appliances.
- Next inspection date.
- Basically, It will include information exactly what checks the engineer has carried out and if the appliances inspected meet the suitable safety standards.
We hope this article helped you learn what a landlord’s gas safety certificate or record is.