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Is a Gas Safety Certificate required?

Gas Safety Certificates are legally required for all domestic and commercial rental properties in the UK. HSE informs us that Gas Safety checks are needed by:

  • Landlords (or managing agents) of both domestic and commercial properties
  • Housing Associations
  • Local Authorities
  • Hotels and B&Bs - gas appliances that are away from the guest accommodation must also be tested.
  • Colleges
  • Boarding Schools
  • Hostels

This includes the "common or communal" areas in domestic rented properties.

Employers and self-employed persons also have a legal requirement to have gas safety checks, noted in the The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998:

"It shall be the duty of every employer or self-employed person to ensure that any gas appliance, installation pipework or flue installed at any place of work under his control is maintained in a safe condition so as to prevent risk of injury to any person."

Is a Gas Safety Certificate tax deductible?

You can only deduct expenses that are as a result of letting out the property. Property Investment Project and KWA Tax Returns state that this includes Gas Safety Certificates.

Is a Gas Safety Certificate mandatory?

Yes, Gas Safety Certificates for rental properties are a legal requirement.

They must be updated annually and a record kept for a minimum of two years, failure to do so is a serious offence as it puts lives at risk and therefore can result in substantial fines (up to £20,000 per offence) and/or a custodial sentence (imprisonment) of 6 months.

Landlords of properties with a lease that is longer than 7 years and is for life then the landlord is not responsible for gas safety checks, however if there is an implied tenancy arrangement (E.G. accommodation is provided as part of a job) then the landlord IS responsible.

Landlords are not responsible for any gas appliances that they do not provide, however they are responsible for the parts of the associated installation and pipework, just not the actual appliance.

What are the penalties for non-compliance with Gas Safety regulations?

Landlords can face fines up to £20,000 (per offence) and/or imprisonment of 6 months.

What is a Gas Safety Certificate?

A Gas Safety Certificate is the documentation that you receive after having a gas safety check completed by a Gas Safe registered engineer, it contains:

  • A description of and the location of each appliance or flue checked.
  • The name, registration number and signature of the individual carrying out the check.
  • The date on which the appliance or flue was checked.
  • The address of the property at which the appliance or flue is installed.
  • The name and address of the landlord (or their agent where appropriate).
  • Any safety-related defect identified and any remedial action taken.
  • Confirmation that the safety check has included an examination of:
    • The effectiveness of any flue.
    • The supply of combustion air.
    • Its operating pressure or heat input or, where necessary, both.
    • Its operation so as to ensure its safe functioning.

Is a Gas Safety Certificate the same as a boiler service?

No, while a gas safety check will ensure that the boiler is operating safely, a boiler service is a much more in depth check to make sure each part is clean and running efficiently.

Is a Gas Safety Certificate a legal requirement?

Yes, Gas Safety Certificates for both domestic and commercial rental properties are a legal requirement.

They must be updated annually and a record kept for a minimum of two years, failure to do so is a serious offence as it puts lives at risk and therefore can result in substantial fines (up to £20,000 per offence) and/or a custodial sentence (imprisonment) of 6 months.

Landlords of properties with a lease that is longer than 7 years and is for life then the landlord is not responsible for gas safety checks, however if there is an implied tenancy arrangement (E.G. accommodation is provided as part of a job) then the landlord IS responsible.

Landlords are not responsible for any gas appliances that they do not provide, however they are responsible for the parts of the associated installation and pipework, just not the actual appliance.

Is a Gas Safety Certificate required to sell a property?

It is not a legal requirement to have a Gas Safety Certificate for sale. However, it is highly recommended that property owners have gas safety checks carried out annually to ensure that everything is running safely.

What does a Gas Safety Certificate look like?

What does a Gas Safety Certificate cover?

During a gas safety inspection the engineer will check the gas appliances to ensure that they’re:

  • Set and adjusted correctly so the gas burns properly.
  • Suitable for the room it’s located in.
  • Physically stable.
  • Securely fitted and correctly connected to the gas pipework.

They will also ensure that:

  • There’s an adequate and permanent air supply suitable for the appliance installed.
  • All safety devices are functioning properly.
  • Any flues, chimneys and air vents are operating correctly.

How to get a Gas Safety Certificate?

Here at Easy EPC we complete Gas Safety Certificates across the UK, get a quote today.

When is a Gas Safety Certificate required?

Gas Safety Certificates are legally required annually for all rental properties.

Due to the severity of the risks posed by unsafe gas appliances, it is highly recommended that property owners of non-rented properties also have Gas Safety Certificates carried out annually, to ensure that all gas appliances are running safely.

When does a Gas Safety Certificate expire?

For rented properties, a Gas Safety Certificate must be renewed annually.

When should a Gas Safety Certificate be issued?

Annually for rented properties. For new tenants this must be completed before the move in date, or for existing tenants the certificate must be provided to the tenant within 28 days of the inspection.

Do you need a Gas Safety Certificate every year?

Yes, the government website states that landlords must have annual gas safety checks.

Why do I need a Gas Safety Certificate?

Beyond the fact that it’s a legal requirement for all rented properties in the UK, Gas Safety Certificates are also vital to keep gas appliances safe.

Unsafe gas appliances can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, explosions, fires and gas exposure, all of which can be deadly.

When gas isn’t burnt properly excess carbon monoxide is produced, which can kill within hours. Carbon monoxide has neither a smell or a taste, and carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms are easily confused with flu or even just being tired, which makes it even more deadly as people are not likely to recognise what’s happening before it’s too late.

Is a Gas Safety Certificate required for a new boiler?

When a new boiler is installed, a Building Regulations Compliance Certificate is issued by the Gas Safe engineer that installed the appliance.

Where to get a Gas Safety Certificate?

By law, only Gas Safe registered engineers can carry out Gas Safety Certificates. Get a Gas Safety Certificate today.

How often do I need to get a Gas Safety Certificate?

For rental properties legally you must get a new Gas Safety Certificate annually.

For non-rental properties it is still recommended that you get an annual Gas Safety Certificate, to ensure all gas appliances are running safely.

How much does a Gas Safety Certificate cost?

This depends on the amount of appliances to be checked. Get a Gas Safety Certificate today.

How long is a Gas Safety Certificate valid?

One year.

How to obtain a Gas Safety Certificate?

By law, only Gas Safe registered engineers can complete Gas Safety Certificates. Get a Gas Safety Certificate today.

Who does Gas Safety Certificates?

We do!Get a Gas Safety Certificate today.

Who pays for a Gas Safety Certificate?

The landlord is responsible for a Gas Safety Certificate for any appliances owned by the landlord, as well as any pipework, flues, or chimneys.

Landlords can arrange a Gas Safety Certificate 10-12 months after the last certificate without the original certificate expiry date being affected, however if it’s completed <10 months or >12 months from the last certificate a new deadline date will be provided.

Can I check Gas Safety?

No, only Gas Safe registered engineers can legally carry out Gas Safety Certificates.

What does a Gas Safety Certificate involve?

The inspection itself involves checking the gas appliances to ensure that they’re:

  • Set and adjusted correctly so the gas burns properly.
  • Suitable for the room it’s located in.
  • Physically stable.
  • Securely fitted and correctly connected to the gas pipework.

It will also ensure that:

  • There’s an adequate and permanent air supply suitable for the appliance installed.
  • There’s an adequate and permanent air supply suitable for the appliance installed.
  • Any flues, chimneys and air vents are operating correctly.

The certificate contains:

  • A description of and the location of each appliance or flue checked.
  • The name, registration number and signature of the individual carrying out the check.
  • The date on which the appliance or flue was checked.
  • The address of the property at which the appliance or flue is installed.
  • The name and address of the landlord (or their agent where appropriate).
  • Any safety-related defect identified and any remedial action taken.
  • Confirmation that the safety check has included an examination of:
    • The effectiveness of any flue.
    • The supply of combustion air.
    • Its operating pressure or heat input or, where necessary, both.
    • Its operation so as to ensure its safe functioning.

Who regulates Gas Safety Certificates?

Tenants can report landlords to HSE for failing to provide a Gas Safety Certificate.

How long should I keep a Gas Safety Certificate?

Gas Safety Certificates must legally be kept on record for a minimum of 2 years.

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