Gas Safety Certificate
Having an up-to-date Gas Safety Certificate approved by a qualified engineer is a legal requirement. Here at Mashroom, we offer landlords professional checks to guarantee your property has a valid certificate
Taking the stress out of remaining compliant
We can take care of this check for you with a professional engineer and ensure that you don’t forget when a check is due – helping to keep you, your tenants, and your property safe. We even have a free Document Storage tool that allows you to store your documents all in one place and alerts you when they are due to expire.
What is a Gas Safety Certificate?
As a landlord, you’re legally required to provide an official Gas Safety Certificate for your rental property before a tenant moves in. But what exactly is a Gas Safety Certificate (GCS) or Gas Safety Record, as it is becoming known?
Well, this is the paperwork and official documentation given to you by a Gas Safe registered engineer after they’ve inspected your property to check that all gas appliances and systems are safe.
Why is a Gas Safety Certificate important?
But other than legal and financial reasons, it’s extremely important for safety reasons. The checks can reveal a variety of problems and faults that, if undetected, could cause an accident or even death to a tenant in your property.
The advantages of a Gas Safety Certificate
Beyond sticking to the law and not going to prison (which let’s be honest is less than ideal) the advantages of having a Gas Safety Certificate include safety, finances and marketing.
Having your gas fittings regularly inspected by a professional ensures they don’t pose any danger to your tenants or their neighbours.
Were there to be a long-term problem with the pipes or appliances in your property, it could easily lead to a larger, more costly problem.
Being able to present yourself as a reliable, safety conscious landlord means you’ll attract the right sort of tenants to your property.
Don’t take your foot off the gas when it comes to safety
Who pays for a Gas Safety Check?
As a landlord, you pay for the Gas Safety Certificate. But it’s a small cost in the grand scheme of things and remember that you can offset the cost against your tax return on the property or properties.
A Gas Safety Check with Mashroom is charged at a flat rate irrespective of the number of rooms in the property.
Can my property fail a Gas Safety Check?
It is possible for the check to show as a fail – but this is good because it gives you time to get the appliance or installation fixed and re-checked so that you can pass. While it can be frustrating, at least you know that it’s not up to scratch so that you can make it safe. The Gas Safety Certificate will indicate what appliances are ‘Not Safe’ to use and also state the failure findings with a code. The codes are:
The installation will be immediately disconnected, with your permission.
If it was identified as being ID and was used or left connected to the gas supply, it could cause immediate danger to life or the property.
The appliance can’t be used until the necessary work has been carried out to repair the defects or it is replaced. For obvious reasons, if you don’t comply with this, you could be putting someone’s life in danger.
This is when one or more faults are present which could constitute a danger to life or property without further faults developing.
Again, with your permission, the installation/appliance will be turned off and shouldn’t be used again until it has been repaired.
Industry standards change over time which may result in some existing installations no longer meeting current safety standards.
Even if an appliance is deemed “not to current standards” it may still be safe to use. But it’s advisable in this instance to ensure it does meet current standards as this could improve the reliability and lifespan of the installation or appliance.
For older installations your gas engineer can advise you whether the installation should be brought in line with current standards or whether it should just be replaced.
How is a Gas Safety Check carried out?
An approved engineer will visit the property at an agreed time. This will require somebody to be around to let them in, so you must give your tenant notice of the visit.
It will take up to an hour and the engineer will carry out a visual and physical check on each and every appliance or installation which works off gas.
What happens on the day of my Gas Safety Check?
When checking your gas appliances, the engineer will check that it is:
- Properly set and adjusted so the gas burns correctly
- Suitable for the room it’s in
- Physically stable, securely fitted and properly connected to the gas pipework
Your engineer will also make sure:
- There’s an adequate and permanent air supply that’s suitable for the appliance installed
- All safety devices are functioning properly
- Any flues, chimneys and air vents are operating correctly
This can be extended to a full gas installation safety check, where the engineer will:
- Check the installation is in good condition by visually inspecting the pipework
- Test for leaks in the gas pipework
I’ve lost my Gas Safety Certificate, where can I find it?
Landlords are provided with a physical copy of the gas safety certificate once the property has passed its inspection.
You must provide your tenants with a copy of the certificate within 28 days of them moving into the property. Unfortunately, certificates aren’t registered or kept online. But you can request to be sent a copy if you’re not present at the property at the time of the inspection.
Gas Safety - The Legal Requirements
The letter of the law is very specific when it comes to Gas Safety Certificates. Here, we’ll take you through everything you need to know to remain compliant.