Landlord Safety Certificates
information on your rights, the rights of tennants and links
to HSE publicity material see our Help & Advice page.
A Landlord safety certificate is the minimum required
by the Gas Regulations, however it should be pointed out
that guidance to the regulations (article 219) points out that " neither
should it be assumed that carrying out annual safety checks will
be sufficient to provide effective maintenance." It should
also be pointed out that manufacturers instructions are legal
documents and they specify what should be adhered to, with
respect to their appliance. Generally the advice states that
the appliance should be serviced annually. Generally the
service will cover all aspects of the safety check and therefore
the certificate can be issued at nominal extra cost.
The service we offer and what we expect from
With reference to the above we will normally
recommend servicing a gas fire or boiler when issuing a Landlord
certificate unless the appliance has recently been commisisoned
or the landlord can show a recent service record. This requirement
by us is to protect both tennant and landlord as well as our
own reputation. Ensuring peace of mind for all concerned.
The Safety inspection will list
- the date the appliance or flue was examined
and the address where the appliance is installed.
- the landlords details (name, address and, where necessary
managing agents details)
- description and location of the appliance or flue.
- recognition of and recording of any defects.
- the name and signature of the gas operative and the GasSafe
registration number of the engineer.
The following checks will be carried out to ensure the appliance
is safe to use
On completion of the above safety checks the gas operative will
accurately record the findings on the Landlord/Homeowner Gas
Safety Record. This document is in 3 parts. One to be kept by
the Landlord, one to be issued to the tenants and the third to
be kept by the gas operative.
- appliance operating pressure or heat input,
or where necessary both
- correct operation of safety devices
- ensure adequate ventilation is available where required
- visual examination of the flue system
- where applicable, results of a flue flow test
- where applicable, results of a spillage test
- ensure flue termination is satisfactory
- the appliance is safe to use
Landlords and Tennants
There are numerous sources of information on Landlord and Tennants
rights and duties, refer to our Help & Advice page
for further details
Poorly maintained gas appliances, such as boilers, fires and
cookers are the main source of carbon monoxide in the home, with
inadequate ventilation increasing the problem. All homes with
gas appliances should be checked yearly by a GasSafe registered
engineer who will undertake repair work and issue a gas safety
certificate. For owner occupiers it is good sense, for landlords
it is a legal requirement. Landlords should ensure that their
tenants get a copy of the gas safety certificate within 28 days
of the gas check, or, if new tenants, when they move in. Landlords
who don’t meet the requirements of The Gas Safety (Installation
and Use) Regulations 1998 can face prosecution and heavy fines.
In a recent case where two people died, the landlord was fined £350,000.
Tennants can also face legal action against them.
- Landlord and handyman recieve up to 5years custodial
sentance and fined £5000-EHJ
- A Derby landlord has been fined £1,500 after breaking
gas safety laws-www.businessderbyshire.co.uk
- A Pontypridd councillor and landlord put his tenants’ lives
at risk- fined £2,000-AberdareOnline
- Council tenants face court for ignoring life-saving gas