What is Gas Safety Certificates? Why do I need one?

What is Gas Safety Certificates?

A gas safety certificate or check involves a Gas Safe registered engineer inspecting all your gas appliances. They will check the appliance is working correctly and will check the following four areas:

  • Gas appliances are on the right setting and burning correctly with the correct operating
  • Harmful gases are being removed from the appliance safely to the air outside
  • That any ventilation routes are clear and working properly
  • All the safety devices are working

If you are a landlord in the UK and rent out your property, you must have a valid gas safety certificate. The Gas Safety law states that landlords must have annual checks carried out on all of the gas appliances, fittings, pipelines and flues in their properties to ensure they’re safe.

What does a gas safety record show?

  • A description of all the appliances that have been tested
  • The results of the gas safety tests that have been carried out on each appliance
  • Any safety issues that have been identified during the checks
  • What work needs to be carried out to rectify issues and improve safety
  • The details of the engineer who carried out the checks, including their signature and the
    date the work was carried out
  • Details of the property and its landlord

Why gas safety certificate is mandatory?

  • For Landlords

A gas safety record is required by law to be held by all landlords of rental properties in the UK that have gas appliances present. A gas safety check must be carried out by a registered gas safety engineer annually, with a gas safety record completed and a copy provided to tenants.

  • For Homeowners

If you’re a homeowner then it is highly recommended to get all your gas appliances serviced every year by a registered Gas Safety Engineer. Make sure you ask your engineer for a copy of the gas safety record once they’ve completed the work.