A Gas safety certificate is, in simple terms, a legal record that is required in UK for all rental accommodation.This was first put into act in Gas Safety Regulation 1998.All the appliances which make use of gas should be checked annually. If all of them are found to be safe only then a certificate is issued.The responsibility of having this certificate is on the landlord. The landlord has to provide Landlord Gas Safety certificate Leeds to the tenants.All the installations checks and maintenance will be performed by a Gas safe registered engineer.Gas Safety Record is often referred as CP12(Form CORGI Proforma 12)
Information in Gas Safety Certificate:
Description about each appliance present. It also tells about the location of each appliance.
Details of the engineer such as name, signature etc. who carried out the test.
Date on which the appliance or flue is checked. In addition to this, it will also provide information about the next service to be done.
Any defects found in any of the gas appliances or flues. It also gives details about the action that needs to be taken to fix the defect.
Details of the landlord such as name, address, contact number etc.
The certificate will tell you that the gas appliances and fitting has been checked by engineer.
It also tells about the safety standards as per the manufacturer’s instructions. If any of the appliances are not under proper working condition, it is the responsibility of landlord/tenant to get it repaired. The certificate will be issued only after the repair is observed and the appliance is working as per the expectation.
Responsibilities as a Landlord:
If you provide gas equipped appliances to your tenant here are you main responsibilities
Certificate: As a Landlord, you have to provide the Landlord Gas Safety certificate Leeds of the annual gas safety check to your tenant. This certificate has to be provided within 28 days of the check being performed. In case of new tenants, this has to be provided to them before they move in. Also the landlord is required to keep this record for a span of at least two years.
Safety checks: A Gas safety check must be carried out every 12 months. This is to make sure all the appliances and flues are in good condition and are safe to use.
Maintenance: Proper maintenance must be provided to pipework, appliances. This must be serviced as per the manufacturer’s instructions. In case of any damage to any of the appliance, the repair has to be done as per the agreement.
It is responsibility of landlord to provide Landlord Gas Safety certificate Leeds to the tenant irrespective of whether the tenant is renting for a short period or long period. In case if there is a lease agreement between the landlord and the tenant for a period of more than seven years, in which case the tenant is considered to be responsible for performing Gas safety. However, if the stay is an implied tenancy agreement, for e.g. accommodation provided as a part of job offer, it again becomes the responsibility of the landlord.
Even if your property is empty, you should ensure that all the appliances and flues are safe to use and also have an up to date Landlord Gas Safety certificate Leeds. This should be provided to the new tenants before they move in.
The certificate can be shared electronically with the tenant only on his acceptance. If tenant wishes to have a paper copy then you must provide it in paper format.
Duties of a tenant:
As a tenant the duties are relatively simpler compared to that of your landlord. Nevertheless, as a tenant you must ensure
You are provided a certificate which is valid before you move in. The duration of your stay should be not neglected.
Allow your landlord to perform checks to all the gas appliances as per the scheduled servicing.
In case of landlord refuse to hand over the certificate to you, you can raise a complaint against him in Health and safety Executive (HSE).
In case you use your appliances and not your landlord’s it is your responsibility to have Landlord Gas Safety certificate Leeds after performing all the checks. In this case, the landlord responsibilities described above become tenant’s duties. However, make sure your landlord is still responsible for few things such maintenance of pipe or flue. In such a case it is often suggested that you perform these checks along with your landlord.