Landlords Gas Safety Certificate

Landlords Inspection Certificate

Landlords have a legal requirement to carry out an annual inspection on all of their properties which utilise gas, to ensure that all gas appliances installed within the property are maintained in a safe condition.

Fox & Co can offer you a comprehensive inspection service in order to help you fulfil the legal requirements of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations (NI) 2004.

Should you wish to avail of our services, we will confirm the safe and efficient use of your gas systems by carrying out an inspection in line with the requirements of regulation 36 “Duties of Landlords.”

This will involve the following:

  1. Gas soundness test to the complete system from the meter control valve up to and including all appliances within the property.
  2. Visual inspection of exposed pipework to all appliances.
  3. Visual inspection, smoke and spillage test of flue (as appropriate).
  4. Boiler efficiency check including analysis of the flue products to ensure that they are within tolerances and adjustment as necessary.
  5. Checking the operation of safety devices and adjusting as necessary.
  6. Checking the operating pressures and adjusting as necessary.
  7. Assessment of ventilation.
  8. Completion of report and provision of same to landlord to allow compliance with regulation
    36(5)a (28-day reporting to tenant).


What is a Gas Safety Certificate?

A Gas safety Certificate, also commonly referred to as a Gas safety Record, is a document that confirms a Gas Safety check has been performed on gas appliances by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer in the property you are letting.

The Gas Safety Certificate looks like this:

This document will confirm that gas appliances are safe to use.

Which Gas Appliances should be checked?
Gas appliance that the landlord supplies with the property MUST be safety checked. This includes appliances such as gas ovens, gas ovens, and hand held appliances that use gas.

If the tenant brings their own gas appliance into the property, it is not the landlords responsibility to ensure they are gas safe.

Do I need a Gas Safety Certificate?
Yes, it is the law.

The Gas Safety Regulations 1998 place a statutory duty on all landlords of residential property to ensure that all gas appliances, pipe work and flues are maintained in a safe condition.

How often do I need to renew my gas safety inspection?
Gas Safety Certificate’s last for 12 months, so a safety check on all gas appliances need to be done annually.

You do not need a new Gas Safety Certificate for each time new tenants move in.

What do I do with the Gas Safety Certificate?
Do I need a Certificate for each rental property I own?You should keep the original copy of the certificate for yourself. You must also give your tenant a copy of these gas safety records within 28 days of the checks being done, or give a copy of the gas safety record to a new tenant before they move in.

Yes. You need a Gas Safety Certificate per rental property. So if you have a portfolio of 12 properties, you will need a separate Gas Safety Certificate’s for each property.

How do I get one?
A Gas Safe registered engineer can do the gas safety checks and provide you with a Gas Safety Certificate.

Can my regular Gas man give me a certificate?

Not necessarily. The gas man must be a Gas Safe registered engineer.

What is a Gas Safe Registered Engineer?
A Gas Safe registered engineer has been checked to make sure they are competent and qualified to work safely and legally with gas.

Every gas engineer carries a Gas Safe Register ID card with their own unique licence number, showing the type of gas work they are qualified to do. Before any gas work is carried out, always make sure you ask to see their Gas Safe Register ID card.

Here is an example of a Gas Safe Register ID card:

How much does one cost?
It can vary, depending on how many gas appliances need checking, and also location.
Typically, prices range from £65-100.00

What will happen if I don’t have a Gas Safety Certificate?
As mentioned, the Gas Safety Check is a legal requirement, so failing to provide a tenant with a “safe” property can lead to prosecution in the form of imprisonment.More information

For a load more information on Gas Safety, Gas Safety Certificates and Gas Safe Registered Engineers, go to the Gas Safe Register Website


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