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A Guide to Landlord Gas Safety Checks

As a landlord, ensuring the safety and well-being of your tenants is vital. This includes the proper functioning and maintenance of gas appliances in your rental properties. Here's where annual gas safety checks come in, playing a crucial role in preventing accidents and keeping your tenants warm and comfortable.

What are Landlord Gas Safety Checks?

Landlord gas safety checks are annual inspections of all gas appliances and flues in your rental property, conducted by a Gas Safe registered engineer. These checks are crucial for identifying any potential gas leaks, carbon monoxide risks, or other safety issues that could put your tenants at risk. Landlord gas safety checks are mandatory in the UK and failure to comply with these regulations can result in hefty fines, prosecution and even being held liable for tenant injury or death.

What does a Gas Safety check involve?

During the inspection, the engineer will:

  • Visually inspect all gas appliances and flues for any damage or signs of wear and tear
  • Test the gas pressure and supply to ensure it's within safe limits
  • Check the flue and ventilation of the boiler to ensure proper removal of combustion gases
  • Perform safety checks on individual appliances like boilers, cookers and heaters

What happens after the check?

Upon completion, the engineer will issue a Landlord Gas Safety Record (CP12). This document details the findings of the inspection, including any faults identified and actions needed.

You are legally required to:

  • Keep a copy of the CP12 for at least two years
  • Provide a copy of the CP12 to your tenants within 28 days of the check

Why are regular Gas Safety Checks important?

Beyond legal obligations, regular gas safety checks offer several benefits:

Prevent accidents

Early detection of gas leaks or other issues can prevent fires, explosions, and carbon monoxide poisoning

Protect your investment

Properly maintained appliances are less likely to break down, saving you money on repairs and replacements

Peace of mind

Knowing your tenants are safe and your property is compliant with regulations provides peace of mind.

Advice from us at East Midlands Boiler Servicing Ltd

By understanding the importance of landlord gas safety checks and taking the necessary steps to comply with regulations, you can ensure the safety of your tenants, protect your investment and maintain peace of mind. If you're a landlord based in the East Midlands, throughout Nottingham, Derby or Mansfield, get in touch with us for a free quote on your gas safety checks. We'll also be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and offer any relevant advice.

You can reach us at 07727663791 or 01773691000 or by filling in our online contact form.