It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure that all gas appliances and fittings in their property are in line with gas safety regulations, any landlords that fail to do this are not only putting their tenants at risk, but they are also breaking the law. Any gas appliances and fitting that are faulty can lead to gas leaks, carbon monoxide poisoning and fires. This is why our team at JWC property services have put together this helpful guide to help landlords understand what their responsibilities are when it comes to gas safety.
Landlords Gas Safety Regulations
There are a few steps that you need to take as a landlord to make sure that your property is safe for tenants in line with gas safety regulations. These include annual gas safety checks and obtaining a CP12 Certificate which has to be done by a gas safe registered engineer. It is a legal requirement for landlords in the UK to make sure their property remains safe for tenants to live in.
Annual Gas Safety Checks
It is a landlords responsibility and legal requirement to ensure that they book a gas safe engineer to carry out a gas safety check every year. The engineer will check every gas appliance in the property and make necessary repairs to reduce the risk of faults and gas leaks. Once all gas safety checks are complete a gas safety certificate also known as a CP12 will be given and this will need to be updated every 12 months.
A CP12 certificate is also known as a gas safety certificate and it is a legal requirement for all landlords to have one and keep them up to date. This is what proves that all the gas appliances are safe and fit for purpose. This will be supplied by a gas safe registered engineer once they have inspected the appliances and carried out any necessary work.
By law landlords need to provide a copy of this certificate to tenants when they move in or within 28 days of the check if the tenants are already in the property. This will need to be updated annually to ensure that all gas appliances are still fault free and meeting gas safety regulations.
Gas Appliance Maintenance
Landlords have to comply with the Gas Safety Regulations and this means that all appliances, chimneys and flues, as well as gas pipework, are kept in a safe condition. Private landlords have to take responsibility for the maintenance of gas appliances located in their property. This means that by having an annual gas safety check, your tenants can have complete confidence when it comes to using those appliances.
Fines and Penalties
Failure to follow the gas safety regulations can result in fines and even up to a six month prison sentence! This is why it is so important to follow the gas safety regulations and ensure you obtain an updated CP12 certificate every 12 months.
If you are a landlord in Liverpool and need a gas safe registered engineer to come and carry out your annual gas safety checks and provide you with a CP12 certificate then contact JWC Plumbing & Heating today – 0151 345 4039