Gas installation safety and gas safety certificate:
If you let a property connected to a mains gas supply, you must arrange an annual maintenance check of gas pipe work, appliances and flues. This should be carried out by an engineer registered with the Gas Safe Register – formerly Corgi.
You should keep inspection records for at least two years and give copies of the reports to your existing tenants within 28 days of each check. You should also give copies to new tenants before they move in.
Your tenants are responsible for any gas appliances they own, but you must still maintain the parts of any associated gas installations – like flues and ventilation requirements along with all the gas supply pipework.
Landlords have specific legal responsibilities to their tenants when it comes to gas safety. As a landlord, you are responsible for the safety of your tenants. Landlords’ duties apply to a wide range of accommodation, occupied under a lease, which includes, but not exclusively:
Residential premises provided for rent by local authorities, housing associations, private sector landlords, housing co-operatives, hostels
Rooms let in bed-sit accommodation, private households, bed and breakfast accommodation and hotels
Rented holiday accommodation such as chalets, cottages, flats.
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 deal with landlords’ duties to make sure gas appliances, fittings and flues provided for tenants are safe.