The Gas Safety Regulations 1998 place a statutory duty on all landlords of a residential property to ensure that all gas appliances, pipe work and flues are maintained in a safe condition.
It is the landlords responsibility to ensure that an annual inspection of all gas appliances within their rental property must be carried out by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer. Check your engineer is registered here.
It is the landlords responsibility to ensure that a warranted Gas Safety Certificate is provided to the tenant.
At a minimum, the record needs to contain:
- A description and location of each appliance/flue checked
- Name, registration number and signature of the engineer who carried out the check
- Date on which the check was carried out
- The address of the property where the appliance/flue is installed
- The name and address of the landlord (or their agent where applicable)
- Any safety defect identified and any action required or taken to rectify it
- Confirmation of the results of the operational safety checks carried out on the appliances.
Landlords also have a legal duty to maintain pipework is in a safe condition, so many proprietary forms also include the facility for the registered engineer to record the results of pipework integrity tests which indicate whether the pipework installation is safe. Download an example of a Gas safety Certificate.