Gas Safety Certificates: What you need to know.

Are they a legal requirement, how often do they need to be renewed and how do you get one.

What is a Gas Safety Certificate?

A Gas Safety Certificate is a legal requirement for all landlords in the UK. It is a document that confirms that a gas appliance or installation has been inspected by a Gas Safe registered engineer and is safe to use.

What type of landlord Gas Safety Certificates are there?

There are three main types of Landlord Gas Safety Certificates:

  • Residential/Domestic Gas Safety Certificates - homes, flats, hostels etc.

  • Commercial Gas Safety Certificates - restaurants, offices, hotels etc.

  • New Build Gas Safety Certificates - any property under construction or renovation.

What appliances need a Gas Safety Certificate?

Every gas appliance in your home needs a Gas Safety Certificate or CP12. As a landlord then it’s your responsibility to make sure that all the appliances in your rental home/s are checked by a Gas Safe engineer.

When do Gas Safety Certificates need to be renewed?

Gas Safety Certificates are valid for 12 months. They need to be renewed every year before the expiry date.

How to find a Gas Safe registered engineer?

You can find a Gas Safe registered engineer in your area by visiting the Gas Safe Register website.

What happens during a gas safety check?

An engineer will come to your home and check each of the gas appliances such as the boiler or oven. The checks will include:

  • Check for leaks and signs of wear.

  • Testing the gas pressure.

  • Ensure there are no carbon monoxide leaks.

Once the gas safety checks are complete you’ll receive your Gas Safety Certificate.

What is the Gas Safety Record?

The Gas Safety Record is another name for the Gas Safety Certificate and includes:

  • Name and address of the landlord.

  • Information about the engineer who conducted the checks, including their name, registration number, and signature.

  • The address of the property being inspected.

  • Details about the location and condition of each appliance present on the property.

  • The result of operational checks that were conducted on the appliances.

  • The safety defects that were found and the mechanisms used to repair them.

  • The date on which the Gas Safety check took place.