Gas safety checks and certificates

As a landlord , you are responsible for the safety of your tenants. The Gay Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 deal with landlords’ duties to make sure gas appliances, fitting and flues provided for tenants are safe.

You must ensure that any gas appliances (permanent or portable), and gas flues that you own and provide for use by your tenants have regular safety checks.

  • Any gas appliance that you own and provide for the tenant’s use is included in your legal duties
  • If a tenant has their own gas appliance that you have not provided, you are responsible for parts of the associated installation and pipework, but not for the appliance.

You are also responsible for ensuring an annual gas safety check is carried out within 12 months of the installation of a new appliance or flue which you provide and annually thereafter by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. You must keep a record of the safety check for 2 years and issue a copy to each existing tenant within 28 days of the check being completed and issue a copy to any new tenants before they move in.

For more information take a look at:
http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg285.pdf