In the UK 22 million homes use gas appliances whether it’s a boiler, cooker or fire. With such a high number of gas appliances in use the question is do you need a gas safety certificate to ensure they’re working safely?
Gas safety certificates are issued following a gas safety check. These checks take place annually and are an important way of checking whether a gas appliance and/or flue is working safely. It’s important to note that these certificates can only be issued by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has set out very clear guidelines on exactly who requires a gas safety certificate. Whether you’re a landlord, student, tenant or homeowner it’s important to know what is required when it comes to gas safety.
Firstly, if you are a landlord you have a legal requirement to ensure a gas safety certificate is issued every 12 months. If a property is managed by a letting agent then they might arrange the inspection on behalf of the landlord. Either way, there is a legal obligation to ensure gas appliances are checked every 12 months.
If you are a tenant or student then you should check with your landlord to ensure the property you rent has an up-to-date gas safety certificate. Your landlord must issue you with a copy of the certificate within 28 days of the check being completed and if you are a new tenant the copy should be given to you before you move in.
Whilst it is not mandatory for homeowners to have a gas safety check, it is strongly recommended to have one. An annual gas safety check becomes good practice for ensuring your gas appliances are safe and working correctly.
It’s important to note that all gas safety certificates must be kept for two years. Certificates can be stored in paper form or electronically.
To find your nearest Gas Safe registered engineer please visit the Gas Safe website and for more information on gas safety please visit the HSE website.
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