Gas Safety Certificate For Landlords

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What is a Gas Safety Certificate?

A Gas safety Certificate, also commonly referred to as a Gas safety Record, is a document that confirms a Gas Safety check has been performed on gas appliances by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer in the property you are letting.

The Gas Safety Certificate looks like this:

Gas Safety Certificate

This document will confirm that gas appliances are safe to use.

Which Gas Appliances should be checked?

Any gas appliance that the landlord supplies with the property MUST be safety checked. This includes appliances such as gas ovens, gas ovens, and hand held appliances that use gas.

If the tenant brings their own gas appliance into the property, it is not the landlords responsibility to ensure they are gas safe.

Do I need a Gas Safety Certificate?

Yes, it is the law.

The Gas Safety Regulations 1998 place a statutory duty on all landlords of residential property to ensure that all gas appliances, pipe work and flues are maintained in a safe condition.

How often do I need to renew my gas safety inspection?

Gas Safety Certificate’s last for 12 months, so a safety check on all gas appliances need to be done annually.

You do not need a new Gas Safety Certificate for each time new tenants move in.

What do I do with the Gas Safety Certificate?

You should keep the original copy of the certificate for yourself. You must also give your tenant a copy of these gas safety records within 28 days of the checks being done, or give a copy of the gas safety record to a new tenant before they move in.

Do I need a Certificate for each rental property I own?

Yes. You need a Gas Safety Certificate per rental property. So if you have a portfolio of 12 properties, you will need a separate Gas Safety Certificate’s for each property.

How do I get one?

A Gas Safe registered engineer can do the gas safety checks and provide you with a Gas Safety Certificate.

To find a gas engineer in your area you can call 0800 408 5500.

Where can I order a Gas Safety Certificate online?

Letting A Property offers a nationwide Gas Safety Certification and Boiler service for landlords from £69 (VAT included)

Can my regular Gas man give me a certificate?

Not necessarily. The gas man must be a Gas Safe registered engineer.

What is a Gas Safe registered engineer?

A Gas Safe registered engineer has been checked to make sure they are competent and qualified to work safely and legally with gas.

Every gas engineer carries a Gas Safe Register ID card with their own unique licence number, showing the type of gas work they are qualified to do. Before any gas work is carried out, always make sure you ask to see their Gas Safe Register ID card.

Here is an example of a Gas Safe Register ID card:

Gas Safe Register ID card

How much does one cost?

It can vary, depending on how many gas appliances need checking, and also location.

Typically, prices range from £35-£80, from my experience. My most recent gas safety check cost £50. The property is based on the outskirts of London, and appliances checked was a gas boiler and gas oven/cooker.

It’s always best to shop around. I received an initial quote for £80, which was evidently a bit pricey.

To put it nicely, I know a lot of landlords like to keep their hands firmly in their pockets. However, this is one expense which I would highly recommend not to avoid because the consequences are just far too great.

What will happen if I don’t have a Gas Safety Certificate?

As mentioned, the Gas Safety Check is a legal requirement, so failing to provide a tenant with a “safe” property can lead to prosecution in the form of imprisonment.

More information

For a load more information on Gas Safety, Gas Safety Certificates and Gas Safe Registered Engineers, go to the Gas Safe Register Website

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Lisa2011-02-23 10:43:33

The first time I had one of these done it cost me £1500. First of all the seal on the boiler had broken and because the part was obsolete, I had to buy a new boiler. Luckily, I have a gas engineer friend and got one cheap. Next I had it tested again and we found there was a gas escape. Floorboards in two rooms ripped up later, we realised that the escape was in the pipework coming through two neighbouring flats! We decided to replace the gas main coming into the property from outside rather than rip apart two other properties! I don't think this is the norm mind you but it's worth bearing in mind that if you buy a property for the purpose of renting, it might be worth getting a gas engineer to look before you buy!

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The Landlord2011-02-23 16:11:44

Hey Lisa,

OUCH!! £1500 is a lot of money on maintenance when you're not expecting to pay it! However, in the long run, you're potentially saving yourself from prosecution! So it's money well invested!

But definitely great advice to get a qualified Gas engineer to check a any property before buying!

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Jan2011-03-16 12:07:09

Hi, I want to move out of my rented place. I have 6 month agreement only been there 9weeks. Contracts said, no noise after 11pm no smoking in building and no dogs. I am kept up friday and sat night my loud squeeling, laughing and music. Dog barking and my flat smells of cigarett smoke. I have a A4 piece of paper with all things that are broken, including the hot taps so hard to turn on and when on the tap heads get so hot, i need a over mit to turn them off, all of the doors dont shut. No maintenance has been offered even though the landlord is responsible for all maintenance (as stated in contract)and I have spoken to him directly. He said we could end out lease early and i have found somewhere else and now he says we have to find new tennants if we want to move, which we are trying to do. I have just realised that the gas safety certificate is now well expired. Do any of there problems give me legal reasons to move out early.
Really need advise.

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Fleur2011-06-15 20:59:34

First, a thank you - as a live-in landlady, I'm just about to rent out my self-contained 'lower-ground' flat, and am so grateful for all the information I've learned here. Comprehensive, clear AND entertaining - on tenancies??!! - hope you get a book deal or something. You deserve one.

Then, my question.
My flat contains the gas meter but no direct gas supply, so no gas appliances. Do you think I still need a Gas Safety Certificate?

If you know the answer to this, then you're even more brilliant.

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gary leighton2011-07-28 21:07:48

I have some property in London and I paid £40 for my gas safety certificate from WWW.gassafetycertificate.UK.com.
That was for 2 appliances , they also do my servicing and are nice to deal with.

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stone2011-08-03 10:42:51

do i need a new certificate if i install a new gas boiler or will the old one do

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Gary2011-08-03 15:25:54

The gas safety regulations state that landlords must have their gas appliances checked and maintained annually.

The CP12 Certificate is evidence of this and you will need a certificate which lists all the appliances including the new boiler. The installer will have.notified the install to gas safe , but this will only get you cert stating it complies with building regs. Therefore you will need a new gas cert.

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j sinar2011-09-03 08:21:18

I live in a rented bungalow and a recent gas safety check revealed that the lounge gas fire is unsafe as the exterior flue is less than 4 metres from the fire. The gas safety plumber has disconnected the appliance and issued a failure notice. How long does the landlord have to rectify the defect? I have been in the property for 1 year and never had a copy of the safety check at the start of the tenancy and the landlord has refused to give me a copy. Also the letting agents have suggested that I dont "rock the boat" about this as the lease will be up for renewal in 6 months.

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cleo2011-09-20 19:17:44

im single mother, im parcial blind and my son is 12 my daughter is 18 she has lupus, and her body is always cold, in the summer now with the winter coming its gets bit worse, my boiler broke and my landlord said that he will not repair it, bcos as the rent is £950, and the council only pays him £900, every month, but the council pays 13 month every year so he gets he money anyway, my trouble is i have no gas certificate for over 2 years now and the previous years was always hes friends who thats the check, my daughters boyfriend works for britsh gas a had a llok and he said that he will not touch the boiler bcos by him its very very old and not worth to repair, but the landlord said he wont do it, what can i do...pls help xx

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Benji2011-09-20 21:36:09

Gas Safety certs
-What a smashing little money earner.

Who advised that a gas safety check was necessary every 12 months?

It's a bit like M.P's deciding on their own expenses.

The cowboy landlords ignore it anyway.

With the massive advances in gas engineering and safety since the awfull deaths 25 years ago, isn't it about time for a review?

What about it Landlord? Start a campaign for a review. F*****g hell! the Daily Heil would come in their pants, the Gruandian would have kittens and you'd be a national hero for common sense (except amongst gas safe engineers).

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Benji2011-09-20 21:56:19

Cleo,
This is not the best place for advice.
Get in touch with your local council's environmental health department, they will help you.

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cleo2011-09-21 18:13:23

thanks Benji, i called the council this morning and they came to my house already, they said that the landlord has to repair the boiler or if its need to be change he has to do soons possible, thank you so much..xxx

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Ian2011-10-03 21:39:17

I am a gas safe engineer. All gas appliances old and new should be checked and preferably serviced annually. Even the manufactures of these appliances recommend this. Hence the annual safety check. The three most vulnerable types of people likely to suffer CO poisoning are, Old People, Tenants, Students (usually tenants). The biggest cause of problems with gas appliances is lack of servicing.

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andy thompson2011-10-24 17:38:35

hi people
ive been here now for 5 years renting off a right tight twat of a landlord rent always been paid on time as well have a wife with 3 children my landord had 13 house and not one has a gas saftey cert why is he getting away with this he seems to think you only look at boliers when there broken ...the man is had work got a carp meter and put on wall i did has a small leak he sent sombody round to clue it ?????????/help

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andy thompson2011-10-24 18:03:42

no rcd no gas checks no fuck all i do all the repairs only asking for a bit whats gas check cost hmmmmmmm £80 whoop whoop if anything hapeens to my family you have had it i do everything he does fuck

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gary2011-10-24 18:52:28

Report him to the gas safe register. That should make him get
the work carried out legally, otherwise he will be fined or imprisoned.

There is.no excuse for failing to ensure that tenants are safe.

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gemma smith2011-12-14 20:18:25

need advice just move out of my mums house into a flat threw a letting agent asked for the gas safety record and was brushed off by him kept asking for it and nothing eventually when i recived no bill i phoned a gas company as he also wouldnt tell me who my gas supplier was! turns out i dont have a gas supplier im getting free gas so should be happy according to him and he hasnt got a gas safety certificate as its never been checked bering in mind the apartments have been standing for 4years!! letting agent wont sort this out n when i phone the national grid and other ppl im told its down to the agent to sort! who can i report him to? or any advice please would be apreshiated as im only 23 its the 1st time ive moved out and havnt got a clue and keep gettin fobed off and corbon monixide poisoning is worrying me as no appliences have eva been checked!

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cardifflandlord2011-12-15 07:44:08

Gemma,

If you are that worried then buy yourself a Carbon Monoxide detector from Tesco next time you are there (or ASDA etc). They are not very expensive and will provide you with piece of mind. At least then you will be much safer even though the low life scum landlord and letting agents are failing to do their job.

Also contact the Gas Safe register to report your landlord.

The only other way is to put everything in writing and send it to your agent/landlord. Keep accurate dates of communication so that if you decide to move out you have been seen to have been reasonable by the courts (if it ever goes that far).

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Benji2011-12-15 13:51:52

Gemma,
Are you sure you have any gas supplied into the property?
Many flats just have electric for cooking, hot water and heating.
Sorry if it seems a silly question but a lot of tenants dont know when they first move in.

If there is gas supplied to your flat then insist on a gas safety check being done.

But dont lose any sleep over it.

You say the flats were built 4 years ago. Therefore any gas appliances fitted will have been modern and inspected to say they were correctly fitted.

If your neighbours have bought their flat, chances are they wont have had it inspected. Reason being because it is not necessary.

At this point, any gas safe engineers will be wetting themselves 'cos the whole scheme is a lovely little earner for them. Truth is, the law makes no distinction between a crappy old 40 year boiler and a newly fitted modern one.

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Sandie2011-12-15 17:52:44

The pressure between gas meter and boiler are different but nothing is being done is it safe

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Armin2011-12-15 20:54:17

Sandie, you might be best off to ask that on a forum frequented by DIYers and gas engineers. Try: http://www.diynot.com/

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Jeremy2011-12-15 21:05:49

Hello everyone,

My eye fell on this the other day:
http://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/advice/flues_in_voids.aspx

It's a new regulation to ensure flues can be visually inspected along their whole length as part of the annual check.

Probably applies most to owners of whole flat blocks but could also apply if you're put boxing over a flue of any house of flat for decorative reasons.

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Armin2011-12-15 21:19:03

"The boiler flues that this information relates to are connected to room-sealed fan assisted boilers."

So maybe it does not affect as many people as one might think.

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cardifflandlord2011-12-17 07:57:44

@Sandy

"The pressure between gas meter and boiler are different but nothing is being done is it safe" -

Sorry - don't understand the question????? Are you saying there is a gas leak? If so or you suspect there is call the Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111999. When they come out tell them about the lack of gas safety certificate!

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simon2012-10-24 10:31:00

We have been renting our property for almost 4 years now, not once in this time has the landlord had the boiler or gas cooker checked.
Last week the boiler broke and after the landlord huffing and puffing, got it fixed at the cost of £350...............

The day after it was fixed we where told the rent would be getting increased to cover the cost of the repair, also other minor repairs we reported 2 Years ago, we are still reeling from the shock!

Does anyone know where we stand legally?

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Tim2012-11-15 07:27:38

We were about to rent out a property but have discovered that the new Gas Safe Certificate requires the boiler flue to be inspectable over its full length. In our ground floor is not possible 'cos the flue passes upwards through ducting that passes through other flats above where it is not possible to fit inspection hatches. Surely there are lots of properties like this and like us are faced with changing to electric heating at huge capital and operation costs.
Any constructive comments would be appreciated

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Jeremy2012-11-15 21:52:12

Hello Tim,

I don't let out flats for reasons just like this one, so my experience is limited. When I was browsing the regs, this is the distinct impression I got. If it can's be inspected visually along its whole length it won't get passed.

By a quirk, it's still completely fit for owner-occupation as the stingent safety regs which apply to landlords don't apply to owner-occupiers.

If it's going to be a big hole in your wallet then you may want to consider the option of selling.

Sorry this is probably not the fedback you hoped for.

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Joan Douglas2013-01-16 17:32:02

Just about to put our flat up for rental, have installed new boiler and have an old gas hob.
Phoned British Gas about Gas safety certificate and was told I didn't need one for the boiler as it was brand new,
The hob doesn't have the flame failure detector, so would it get a certificate? Will I have to replace the hob, it's in good condition.
Thanks
Joan

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Jeremy2013-01-16 22:53:37

Hello Joan,

I don't know the answers to your questions. I use an inspection firm called Gas Elec. I'm sure they would be happy to answer these questions, even if you don't need them to do a survey. A quick google finds them easily (fourth one down). Hope this helps.

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Lisa2013-01-29 11:09:42

Hi ive got a safety gas record and itduznt say the metre has been check tge next few days I had a gas leak had ring emerceny gas man he had put new metre in cuz the pipe wrk was leakin I got told if me and my baby didnt get out wen we did it wud of blown and now im tryin find out whos at fault

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Mrs Tara Plumbing2013-02-20 08:06:48

The information is wrong.
You do need to get a new Gas Safety Inspection between tenants even if the current one is still within date.
This is required by law.
We came across a serious and potentially life threatening situation only a couple of weeks ago - that the landlord was responsible for and will cost him money - it would have been avoided if the landlord had got an inspection before the new tenant.
You can find the details on my blog if you google Mrs Tara Plumbing.

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The Landlord2013-02-20 08:51:56

@Mrs Tara Plumbing

How sure are you about your information? Where is the legislation that says that? Because it says differently on the Gas Safe website:

http://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/advice/renting_a_property/for_landlords.aspx

"Gas safety checks: a 12 monthly gas safety check must be carried out on every gas appliance/flue. A gas safety check will make sure gas fittings and appliances are safe to use.

Record: a record of the annual gas safety check must be provided to your tenant within 28 days of the check being completed or to new tenants before they move in. Landlords must keep copies of the gas safety record for two years."

That implies to me that you just need to provide a valid certificate to the "new tenants"- not have a completely new inspection.

If what you say is true, then in theory, I could get an inspection done, have tenants move out a few days later, get new tenants a week later, and then be required to have another inspection. All with in a week or so? That does not sound right.

I'm assuming the only time a new inspection might be required between tenants is if the landlord installs new gas appliances.

In any case, i'd be interested to see the legislation which you're referring to (because I could be wrong).

Regards

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Mrs Tara Plumbing2013-02-20 09:21:10

It says a new inspection before a tenant t various places on the HSE website.
The HSE are responsible for prosecutions under the Gas Safety Regs 1998.
The specific legal reference is in the Approved Code of Practice to Gas Safety Installation and Use 1998.
It is online free to view.
See guidance point 226.
Of course you could see my book on the subject... where I quote this section in full.

I have reviewed recent landlord prosecutions and there is almost always some danger/ concern in addition rarely the just not having an up to date check. But how would you know everything was left safely by previous tenant if it was not checked.
Not saying your tenant sabotaged the home but could be accident...

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Mrs Tara Plumbing2013-02-20 09:25:38

Can I comment on recent comments about flue inspection hatches for flues in voids. This issue applies to all homes, including private homeowners, not just landlords.
If joints along your flue can't be inspected the boiler will be turned off as potentially dangerous.
Of course home owners don't need to get safety inspections - but this will happen when they get an annual service or call out for repair.
Flues in voids are more common in multi-dwelling properties and uncommon in houses.
You can read the full story under warning notices at the Gas Safe Website.

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The Landlord2013-02-20 09:29:54

Could you please link me to the page on the HSE website where it says that?

Because I just read the HSE website, and it doesn't say you need a new inspection.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/domestic/faqlandlord.htm

"What are my duties as a landlord in relation to gas safety?

You are also responsible for ensuring an annual gas safety check is carried out within 12 months of the installation of a new appliance or flue which you provide and annually thereafter by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. You must keep a record of the safety check for 2 years and issue a copy to each existing tenant within 28 days of the check being completed and issue a copy to any new tenants before they move in."

So I think my information is correct, and the information on your website is incorrect.

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Mrs Tara Plumbing2013-02-20 10:55:31

see: 226 on this - download it for free:
http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l56.pdf

I would have to hunt around on HSE website but know I've seen it there too in at least a couple of places.

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Mrs Tara Plumbing2013-02-20 11:00:04

Just to clarify - we talk about Landlord Gas Certificate and think we know what we mean. There is not a "certificate" there is an inspection and an inspection report.
This document says an inspection is needed between tenants - so of course you would want a written report to prove it was done.

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Freddie2013-03-07 20:58:15

I'm renting out a flat which has gas central heating, however the boiler is a communal boiler outside the property. There is no gas hobs/oven or fire so am somewhat confused on whether I need a gas safety certificate.

Can anyone help?

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Jeremy2013-03-07 23:00:44

Hello Freddie,

Boilers in shared areas is not my speciality, but. I suggest the law expects every boiler to be safety inspected. So YOU don't need a safety cert, but the landlord needs to demonstrate he has a safety cert for every piece of gas equipment in the shared areas which service your building.

Hope this helps.

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Mrs Tara Plumbing2013-03-08 10:16:52

Freddie.
According to HSE website if there are no gas appliances in the property you do not need an annual "cert." But if gas pipework passes through it must be maintained.
BUT the boiler must be checked:
All landlords should be aware of the Approved Code of Practise to the Gas Safety Installation and Use Reg 1998. This can be downloaded free from HSE. I think point 215 applies and 211. So you need a contract between yourself and the leaseholder about the gas central heating (which you probably have) and an arrangement about the Safety Inspect Report - it may be acceptable to display it (point 222).

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Lee2013-10-02 07:43:32

I have been renting my house for over 2 years now and my landlord has not had my boiler checked and also speaking to the tenants before me they did not have it done either.
I have got the housing inspection team in now to get this sorted and reported this to the HSE. Since I have done this I have been issued with a notice leave. So the landlord now wants us out. What can I do to make sure the boiler is sorted so the next tenants dont live in a death trap house?

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Ben2013-10-17 12:25:54

A quick correction about the comment: "...your gas will be turned off.." by Tara Plumber.
It is a myth that a plumber, gasinstaller or whatever you call them has the power, let alone the obligation, to turn off the gas if a householder does not want it to be turned off. He or she can only ADVISE you that there is a risk and that it may be safer to not use the gas for the moment, but they can NOT turn the gas off without permission.

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Ben2013-10-18 11:45:17

An update on the notorious 'flues in voids".
Whereas before only inspection hatches were 'approved' for complying with the requirements of GSIUR 26-9 and thus with the requirements for a 'landlord certificate', other methods are now accepted, provided they assure a complete confirmation that the flue in question is safe.

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Bethanie2014-01-20 12:23:08

Hi,

can someone help me with this. . .

I moved into a property last week, its had the saefty check which is all fine (next due in october)

I am on a pre payment gas and electricity meter and noticed my gas meter hasnt been checked since 2006.

Do the meter needs checking regulary and if so whos responsibility is it?

Thanks :)

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Jacq2014-02-13 15:24:01

Hello,

Hope this doesn't sound daft. I'm thinking of renting my flat out - there are no gas appliances in flat at all. But I do know there's gas in the close (other properties) do I need to get a certificate for common grounds gas supply??

Any info would be great! Thanks,

Jacq

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Josh norris2014-04-09 22:34:10

Hi I'm a gas engineer and work in the midlands if anyone needs a gas safety certificate email me and I can sort a good price normal charge fourty pound when there's a boiler and oven\ hob

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jules2014-04-13 11:16:10

BEN "It is a myth that a plumber, gasinstaller or whatever you call them has the power, let alone the obligation, to turn off the gas if a householder does not want it to be turned off. He or she can only ADVISE you that there is a risk and that it may be safer to not use the gas for the moment, but they can NOT turn the gas off without permission."

However if the Appliance/installation is deemed immediately dangerous and the client does not agree to have the appliance /installation disconnected or made safe then TRANSCO will be immediately notified and they WILL come and disconnect the gas meter within 1 hr. There will then be a reconnection fee on top of any rectification work.
SO a Gas engineer is obligated to ensure the safety of the gas supply and legally can ensure that the safety comes first with or without the permission of the gas user.

Mrs Tara Plumbing, whilst I am sympathetic to your concern that someone could tamper accidentally or otherwise with a gas installation between tenancies with in a certification period, that a further certificate is not required, but it is the landlords risk if a problem occurs and they would have to satisfy HSE that they had mitigated any risk.
Likewise a New installation is registered and a certificate of installation is issued, then for 12 months from installation the landlord certificate is not required this installation certificate is acceptable.

BENJI "But dont lose any sleep over it.

You say the flats were built 4 years ago. Therefore any gas appliances fitted will have been modern and inspected to say they were correctly fitted.

If your neighbours have bought their flat, chances are they wont have had it inspected. Reason being because it is not necessary.

At this point, any gas safe engineers will be wetting themselves 'cos the whole scheme is a lovely little earner for them. Truth is, the law makes no distinction between a crappy old 40 year boiler and a newly fitted modern one."

You are horribly miss informed and prejudiced. There are unfortunately plenty of modern installations poorly installed or unsafe, flues in voids are a particular problem of new appliances installed in flats where flues have to get outside from awkward positions. Flue inspection is key to ensuring the appliance is not Spilling POC.
JUST BECAUSE A PRODUCT IS NEW does not make it safe, it can fail it can have issues and it can kill. Whilst undoubtedly gas appliances are safer, are you seriously presenting the argument a Gas safety should not be carried out annually as per the law simply because you feel it is irrelevant or a cost burden? Safety for far less than £10 a month are you seriously believing that's a cost a landlord can ill afford or begrudge??

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