The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998
As a landlord, you are responsible for the safety of your tenants. The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 provide that landlords must ensure that gas appliances, fittings and flues provided for tenants are safe. In particular boilers can produce harmful carbon monoxide (CO) gas if there is no adequate supply of air to help the complete the combustion of gas in the boiler, or if the flue is not operating efficiently to remove the products of combustion.
What are my obligations?
You are responsible for ensuring that a Landlord’s Gas Safety Check is carried out every 12 months. This check is often referred to as a “Landlord’s Certificate” or a “Landlord’s Safety Certificate”. You are also liable for the maintenance and repair of flues, appliances and pipework which you own and have provided for your tenants to use. Any gas appliance that you own and provide for the tenant to use is included in your legal duties. If a tenant has their own gas appliance which you have not provided, then you have do not have responsibilities for the actual appliance, but should repair and maintain the associated installation and pipework.
You must keep a record of the Landlord’s Safety Certificate for 2 years and issue a copy to each existing tenant within 28 days of the Landlord’s Certificate being completed. You should also issue a copy of the current Landlord’s Certificate to any new tenants before they move in.
Who can provide me with a Landlord’s safety certificate?
Certificates must be provided by a Gas Safe registered engineer. At Wirral Gas engineers we verify that all of the engineers we work with are Gas Safe registered, so you can be confident that our service complies with the statutory requirements.