Are you a landlord or a tenant? We have all your gas safety tips

 

Landlords

If you are a landlord, you legally have a duty to your tenants to make sure the property is safe and all gas appliances are fully operational. This means you must organise an annual gas safety check and receive a Gas Safety Certificate (CP12) as proof.

As well as having a CP12, you must regularly maintain all gas appliances in the property and keep records to show that this has been done. One way of ensuring that your property is gas safe is to properly ventilate rooms that have gas appliances in them. You must also stress to your tenants the importance of reporting any faults or problems immediately.

To protect your tenants, we would also advise fitting a carbon monoxide detector in the property to alert anyone to even a small gas leak. Always keeps hard copies of your CP12 for both yourself and your tenants – it is now a legal requirement that you can provide one.

 

Tenants

If you are renting either a domestic or commercial premises in the UK, your landlord is legally required to carry out an annual gas safety check and to provide you with a Gas Safety Certificate (CP12) as proof of this.

They must also ensure that all the gas appliances within the property are safe and fully operational. When you move into a new property, make sure that your landlord provides you with a valid CP12 – if it is not valid, ask for a new service to be carried out as soon as possible.

However, if you bring your own gas appliance that was not on the property’s inventory when you took over the tenancy, then you are responsible for ensuring and maintaining the safety of that appliance.

Should your landlord ask you to arrange a safety check, make sure you use a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer, and before you let them into your home, check their ID to ensure they are who they say they are. On one side of their card will be a photo of themselves and the yellow triangle Gas Safe Register logo, and on the other side you’ll see a list of the gas appliances they are qualified to work on.

Never accept any excuses for not being able to show you evidence that they are Gas Safe registered and don’t be tempted to choose someone who isn’t qualified just because they’re the cheaper option – gas can be very dangerous and should only be dealt with by a qualified professional.