Why it is important to get a gas safety certificate

If you are a landlord, having a gas safety certificate is a requirement by law if the property has a gas connection. All gas pipework, appliances and flues should be checked annually by somebody who is Gas Safe registered, and you should provide a copy of the gas safety certificate you are issued to your tenants, whilst retaining the original for your own records.

When do I need a gas safety certificate?

Whether you are letting out your entire property, or have taken in a lodger who pays you rent, you will require a gas safety certificate. The same also applies if you own a second home that you let out as holiday accommodation.
If you have students stay with you, even if just for short periods of time you may find that you are required to have a gas safety certificate. Even if you aren’t paid rent, if you are paid for things such as their food, you will find yourself taking on the duties of a landlord in the eyes of the law, and must make sure you have an up to date gas safety certificate.

What are the reasons for needing a gas safety certificate?

It is a legal requirement to have a gas safety certificate to make sure your tenants are protected from dangerous appliances, which could lead to fires, explosions or carbon monoxide poisoning. Whilst a gas safety check only provides a snapshot of that moment in time, it will often catch minor problems before they turn into anything major, not only keeping your tenants safe, but saving you as a landlord, money on repair bills. While some tenants may like to contact you about every little thing, others are not so good at reporting issues, so by keeping an up to date gas safety certificate, you are doing your part to keep both your tenants and your property safe.

What happens if I don’t have a gas safety certificate?

It is a criminal offence for a landlord to not perform gas safety checks, and by not having the appropriate certificate, you could find yourself being given a formal caution or be taken to court by the Health and Safety Executive.

You should always plan ahead for renewing your gas safety certificate, and if it does come to your attention that your old certificate has expired, you should seek to get a check done as soon as possible. Your contract with your tenant should be written in a way that allows you access for maintenance or safety check. If the tenant refuses to allow access, make sure that you put in writing through recorded delivery your requests to come and perform this check so that you have evidence that you have taken all reasonable steps to get the gas safety check carried out.

How much does a gas safety certificate cost?

The cost of obtaining a gas safety certificate will vary depending on factors such as how many appliances you have to be checked, their ease of access, and where you are in the country. Typical prices range between £50 and £100. If you have already chosen to take out a plan to cover the boiler and central heating, you may find that an annual gas safety check is included or heavily discounted as a part of the package.