Most landlords don’t check their gas appliances annually. So, we’ve put together a list all landlords need to know how to check if a property is gas safe.
Carbon monoxide alarms are a must in all properties where there is a solid fuel burning appliance
A property with wood burning fires and stoves requires a carbon monoxide alarm. It is a legal requirement. The law doesn’t include gas appliances though you should install carbon monoxide alarms if you have any gas appliances. These alarms cost less than £30.
Gas safety checks must be carried out annually
So, you can carry out the checks in the 2 months prior to the due date, while still retaining the original expiration date. You don’t need to worry about leaving it to the last minute.
However, you need to complete these checks within 12 months of the installation of a new appliance or flue.
Ensure a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer completes the gas safety check
Registered engineers have been trained in gas safety and the standards needed for appliances and installations. It’s illegal to use a non-registered engineer. All engineers must carry an ID card, which you should request to see.
Keep paperwork safe
You must provide a copy of the gas safety record to your tenants within 28 days of the completion of the check. Any new tenants must receive a copy of the most recent certificate before they move in. It’s best to get an acknowledgement of receipt from the tenant with a signature for your records. Legally, you have to keep a record of the safety check for at least two years.
Register your appliances
Registering your appliance will keep you up-to-date with any product recalls or necessary safety repairs. You can also check the details of any older appliances you might have. It may also entitle you to an extended warranty.