Gas safety inspections are a legal requirement for let properties, but they can also be a valuable process for any home to ensure all gas appliances are working safely and gas pipes are not leaking. To save money, have the safety inspection carried out with the annual boiler service, as the cost is reduced.
The following tests are carried out on each appliance:
- Appliances have been correctly installed to meet current regulations
- Gas appliances are on the right setting and burning correctly with the correct operating pressure
- Harmful gases are being removed from the appliance safely to the air outside
- That any ventilation routes are clear and working properly
- All the safety devices are working and the appliance is safe to use
If you are a landlord, you have a legal requirement to:
■ Ensure gas fittings and flues are maintained in a safe condition. Gas appliances should be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If these are not available it is recommended that they are serviced annually unless advised otherwise by a Gas Safe registered engineer;
■ Ensure an annual safety check is carried out on each gas appliance/flue. Before any new lease starts, you must make sure that these checks have been carried out within one year before the start of the lease date, unless the appliances in the property have been installed for less than 12 months, in which case they should be checked within 12 months of their installation date;
■ Have all installation, maintenance and safety checks carried out by a Gas Safe Registered engineer;
■ Keep a record of each safety check for at least two years;
■ Issue a copy of the latest safety check record to existing tenants within 28 days of the check being completed, or to any new tenant before they move in (in certain cases there is an option to display the record).
You should not assume that an annual service inspection meets the safety check requirement, or that a safety check will, on its own, be sufficient to provide effective maintenance.