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The Gas Safety Certificate: Knowing and Understanding Gas Safety

Gas safety is a pivotal part of owning any type of gas appliance. Every property with gas appliances installed should have them checked regularly by a gas safe registered engineer. It is required by law that landlords have a check carried out. If not they could face legal action. 

You, the homeowner aren’t legally bound. However, it is strongly advised that you have your gas appliances properly checked.

How much is a gas safety check? What is the procedure behind it? This handy guide will explain the inspection process, the legalities behind owning a gas safety certificate (depending on your circumstances), and how to organise one as soon as possible for your own gas appliances.

What is a gas safety inspection?

Gas safety is incredibly important. Without it, you’re not only putting your appliance at risk but also yourself and the people living in your property too. 

This is why a gas safety check or inspection is carried out to make sure your appliances work correctly and safely. The check can’t just be carried out by anyone; it must be a gas safe registered engineer. This engineer will be a part of the gas safety register; the official body of gas businesses and engineers in the UK.

A gas safety engineer are experts and will know exactly what to look for - saving time, resources, and even lives.

The gas safety check procedure.

A gas safety check should be completed annually. Your engineer is trained to check a number of things when looking at your gas appliances.

  • Your appliance should be operating at the right pressure and the air supply to that appliance should be suitable.
  • The flue of your appliance is clear, so that waste gases can be disposed of safely.
  • The device itself is working as it should and is not a threat to anyone’s safety.

If you do not have a gas safety check of your appliances as and when you should, you could risk harmful gases escaping into your home. If these gases are breathed in, you and your family members will be at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. This gas can have fatal effects.

How much is a gas safety check?

The gas safety check cost can vary depending on the engineer you use and the number of appliances you have. However, depending on your circumstances, your energy supplier may provide free inspections. Check with your supplier for more details.

If you have more gas appliances to check, the price of the overall inspection will be more than if you had just the one gas appliance.

What is a gas safety certificate?

After carrying out a gas safety check, your engineer should provide you with a gas safety certificate or record detailing what has been checked and any issues there may be. However, the need for this changes depending on your circumstances.

After following through with a gas safety check, your engineer should provide you with a gas safety certificate (or record). This details specifically what has been inspected and any further issues there may be.

To reiterate, it’s not a legal requirement for a homeowner to have a gas safety certificate. However, we recommend that you have all your gas appliances checked annually. A certificate is a good idea to prove that an inspection has been undertaken. 

I’m selling my house – do I need a gas safety certificate?

Legally, no. Although, it’s strongly advised that you keep up with gas checks on your appliances. If you have your appliances checked before you sell your house, it’ll give a potential buyer another positive to work with as well as making things easier for them upon moving in.

 The gas safety certificate cost can vary depending on how many appliances you have in your home; there is no fixed price. It can range from £35 to £150, depending on your engineer. If you’re a landlord, see below for information on landlord gas safety certificates.

Gas safety certificate law.

Landlord gas safety certificate – what’s the difference?

If you’re a landlord, it is required by law that you have a gas safety check and a certificate as proof. The inspection should be done on all gas appliances in each of your properties.

However, if the gas appliances inside the property are not owned by you, but the tenant, then the responsibility falls onto them. The record or certificate will show: a description of each tested appliance, the results of the check on each appliance, any actions or safety issues, and details of the engineer/landlord.

How much does a landlord gas safety certificate cost?

For a single gas appliance, the cost of a certificate will set a landlord back around £60. For more than one gas appliance, the price will increase per item/per certificate.

Can I sue my landlord for no gas safety check?

If you’re a tenant, it is a legal requirement for your landlord to provide you with a copy of the gas safety certificate before moving into a property. It would be wise to remind them that you must have a copy under the Gas Safety Regulations and that if not, legal action can be taken.

If you don’t receive a gas safety certificate after your inspection, you should always ask for one as proof of the check.

No gas safety certificate penalty.

If a landlord doesn’t have a gas safety certificate for a property they are letting - they’re breaking the law. Furthermore, there’s a penalty for a tenant renting a property without having a gas safety check. To be safe, always schedule in checks with a landlord annually to avoid anyone getting hit with a penalty or committing a criminal offence.

How long does a gas safety check take?

A check should take around 30 minutes for a single gas appliance. If there is more than one appliance to check on a property, then this may take longer. If there is any urgent work required upon completion of an inspection, then the amount of time may be longer still to fix a problem. Again, ensure you have a gas safety certificate as proof of your inspection.

It’s important to get a gas safety certificate. Don’t put it off!

Gas safety regulations are there for your safety and of those around you. Having a gas safety inspection for your gas appliances is essential. Whether you’re a homeowner, landlord, or tenant - it’s important that you understand the importance of having your appliances checked. It’s not only a legal requirement – it will keep you safe too.

If you have any questions about a gas safety certificate or how to schedule an appointment with a gas safe registered engineer - drop us a message through our live chat and we’ll answer any questions you may have.

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