As a Bristol boiler company, we’ve built a good number of relationships with landlords around the region over the years. We not only help landlords keep their heating up and running but also advise on what needs to be done from a gas safety point of view to stay compliant when renting out a property.
One of the main requirements that landlords have is to stay on top of is their annual gas safety certificate.
Who Needs a Gas Safety Certificate?
As a landlord, the safety of tenants renting out your property or properties needs to be of paramount importance. The following will all need a gas safety certificate:
- Those rented out to tenants by local authorities and housing associations as well as private sector housing, hostels and even co-operatives.
- It includes if you have bed-sit properties, rent a room out in a private household or offer bed and breakfast accommodation.
- It also applies to short term ‘lets’ such as hotels, holiday accommodation, including chalets and flats, even caravans.
In fact, if you have someone staying in your property and they are making some form of payment, you could be considered a landlord and require a gas safety certificate.
What is a Gas Safety Certificate?
The relevant legislation is the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 which ensures landlords have to maintain their property properly with regards to appliances, piping and radiators and prove they are in good working order.
This includes having an annual gas safety check which can help monitor if a particular appliance, like a boiler, is safe to use for those living in the property. It means you need to get a registered gas engineer in to do the job and issue a certificate. You must also keep an accurate record of your gas safety checks which should be made available to tenants if they ask for it. You should keep copies of these records for at least a period of two years.
When we visit a landlord’s property as part of a gas safety check, we issue a certificate that has the following details:
- A brief description of the location and appliance(s) we have checked, including the date everything was carried out.
- The details of the engineer carrying out the check, including their registration number.
- The landlord’s details and location address.
- The results of the checks carried out on each appliance and details of any problems identified as well as what action needs to be taken.
If you’re looking for a landlord gas safety certificate in Bristol, our DHS team can certainly help out.
If you set up a service contract with us, it’s even easier – you don’t have to remember when to contact us, we do that for you. That way you can be sure your gas safety check is carried out on time each year.
For more information, get in touch by calling us on 0117 924 7200 or fill in our contact form and we’ll get back to you.