If you’re a landlord and you what to find out about your gas safety certificate for landlords below you can read all you need to know.
The latest stats from Google trends show that managing agents and landlords and almost certainly tenants are asking just how much does it cost for a gas certificate.
There are several aspects of a gas safety certificate that you need to take into account to be in line with legal regulations these include gas appliance, fitting and chimneys or flues in and around the rental property.
Do I need an annual gas safety certificate?
If you rent out a property as a landlord gas safety is a must, you’re legally obliged to have a gas safety check carried out by a suitably qualified and registered engineer.
The engineer you use assuming they are registered will record the details of the check on a Landlord Gas Safety Record form (also known as a CP12 Certificate in the trade) with copies for you and your tenants.
Having an empty property is no reason not to do annual checks so keep that in mind if for any reason your property is not rented or used for any reason. With the onset of office and building de-densification, some spaces might be affected.
When should I as a landlord arrange a gas safety certificate checks?
Getting the annual gas certificate for landlords done is an annual requirement. Its best done at the start of a new letting and then in the 10th – 12th month, there is a 2 month leu period so best done in 10th month to be safe.
As a landlord, if you’re delayed in carrying out the gas certificate and you end up doing it in month 11, keep in mind that the next gas safety certificate will need to be done from the 12 months of the original date, not the new delayed date.
What is the standard paperwork I should receive following a gas safety certificate check?
Your gas engineer will give you a copy of your Gas Safety Record form, which will include the results of tests they’ve carried out on the gas appliances in your property. Assuming all is in line with the necessary safety requirements this will do to cover your landlord commitments.
You’ll also need to give your tenants a copy of the gas safety certificate. For new tenants, they’ll need to receive it before they move in, its something that should be included in the property welcome pack, whereas existing tenants need to receive a copy within 28 days of the check being carried out or can be left by the gas engineer.
How do I get a gas safety certificate, can it be digital?
You can get a gas safety certificate – or Gas Safety Record form – by booking an appointment with a Gas Safe registered engineer which is easily done through tenancy steam.
The gas engineer will do a visual check on all your gas appliances, and pipework that’s accessible, to make sure they’re in good condition, and a test on the pipework to make sure there are no gas leaks. If the gas engineer is set up to send digital copies of the gas certificate should receive it the same day as the gas check.
What is a Gas Safe registered engineer and how do I find one?
Gas Safe Register lists all the gas businesses that are legally allowed to carry out gas work. Every firm on this official list employs a gas engineer who has a Gas Safe ID card. You can normally find an engineer by checking online.
Ahead of getting any work done, you should always check a gas engineer’s ID card at your property because some aren’t qualified to do all types of gas work.
A good first step is to check the Gas Safe Register which provides a way for you to find a local Gas Safe registered engineer, or check to see if someone’s registered and qualified.
What needs to be included on a Gas Safety Certificate Record form?
The information you require on the Gas Safety Certificate form is:
- a description and location of each appliance or flue the engineer has checked, the address for it.
- the engineer’s name, registration number and signature and the date of the registration.
- the date on which the check was carried out at the property.
- the address of the property being checked including postcode.
- the landlord’s (or their agent’s) name and address and email where possible.
- any safety defect the engineer has found and any action needed or taken to fix it.
- confirmation of the results of the operational safety checks carried out on the appliances.
The law requires you to make sure the pipework in your rental property is kept in safe working order too. So you’ll often see a section on these forms where the engineer can record the results of tests that show whether or not your pipework is safe. Its always good to check through all the details.
How much does it typically cost for a gas safety certificate cost in the UK?
Prices vary around the UK but you will find that there is an agreed price for each region. There’s no fixed price for a gas safety certificate as the cost depends on the Gas Safe engineer you choose. There is no control over the costs so its always best to check a few gas engineers to get a feel for what the cost could and should be.
Prices can start at £35 and go up to more than £150, depending on how many gas appliances there are to check.
Here’s a quick Landlord gas safety certificate checklist
- Check Gas Safe Register to find a qualified and registered engineer
- Check with your tenants for convenient days for an engineer to call, use Tenancy Stream to manage all your communications.
- Book an appointment in the 10th to 12th month following your previous check, and keep a note in your diary.
- Make sure any necessary repairs are carried out when required, easily managed on Tenancy Stream.
- Give a copy of the Gas Safe Record form to your tenants and file a copy for your records, keep it safe.
- Set a reminder for your next check-in 10-12 months’ time, annual checks can be scheduled on Tenancy Stream.