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What does a landlord’s gas safety certificate actually cover?

The landlord’s gas safety check is required by law on all rental properties in the UK.

The landlords gas safety certificate also known as a CP12 must include all pipework and gas appliances that the landlord provides and MUST be performed by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

The engineer will check the following before issuing a pass/fail certificate:

  1. Check appliance for gas tightness.
  2. Check standing and working pressure if test points available.
  3. Check burner pressure / gas rate against manufacturers data plate.
  4. Check for satisfactory provision of all necessary ventilation.
  5. Test flue flow to ensure removal of products of combustion.
  6. Check satisfactory operation of all the flame failure devices.
  7. Check for physical stability, presence and effectiveness of stability brackets (where appropriate).
  8. Investigate any evidence of unsafe operation and report to a responsible person. An appliance can not be deemed as having been checked, until the above has been completed.
  9. For a Landlords Safety Record inspection a tightness test of the full system should be added to the above.

Make sure that you have a copy of the gas safety certificate of the property you rent and make sure that your landlord arranges this to be done every 12 months, it is a legal requirement.

It is very important to your health to ensure that all gas appliances are in good order to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

What information does the Landlords Gas Safety record contain?

As a minimum, the record of a gas safety check must contain:

  1. A description and location of each appliance and/or flue checked
  2. The name, registration number and signature of the engineer who carried out the check
  3. The date on which the appliance and/or flue was checked
  4. The address of the property at which the appliance and/or flue is installed
  5. The name and address of the landlord (or his agent where appropriate)
  6. A list of any defect identified and any action required or taken to fix it
  7. A confirmation of the results of operational safety checks carried out on the appliances.

Useful links:

Gas Safe Register - Ensure your gas engineer is registered

Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998


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