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A Detailed Guide to Getting your Gas Safety Certificates
What is a Gas Safety Certificate?
Gas Safety Certificates or CP12 for short, are essential for renting out properties in the UK. The laws governing Gas Safety Certificates in the UK are stringent. To get your Gas Safety Certificate, you will need a detailed guide to put you through.
We have carefully put together for you, the relevant information you need to know before getting your gas safety certificates.
As a landlord in the UK, you have a legal duty to ensure that all gas appliances, chimneys, and fitting on your property are safe for the tenants. Before you rent out your property, you're required by law to carry out gas safety checks on the property.
The gas safety check is to be carried out by a competent and registered gas engineer. While conducting the safety check, the gas safety engineer will note important details on a landlord gas safety record form.
Copies will be made available for you and your tenants.
How often do you need a Gas Safety Check for your CP12?
Before you get your Gas Safety Certificates, you must conduct a gas safety check on the property. Gas safety checks need to be done once every year. This is to ensure the safety of tenants and visitors on the property.
After the safety check is complete, the gas engineer will give you a copy of the record form which includes the results of the checks done on the property. Once you receive the gas safety certificates, your existing tenants need to receive their copies within 28 days.
You're also obliged to give your new tenants a copy of the gas safety certificat/CP12 before they move in.
Who can issue a Gas Safety Certificate?
Only a Gas Safe Registered Engineer can conduct safety checks and issue safety certificates. A gas safe engineer will first conduct visual inspections of your gas equipment to confirm if they are in safe condition. He will also inspect the pipes to ensure that there are no gas leaks. A gas safe register has made it easy to identify gas engineers that are competent, qualified, and most importantly registered.
A gas safe register compiles a list of all qualified and registered gas engineers that are permitted to work on gas appliances in the home. Before a firm employs a gas engineer, they make sure to confirm that the engineer is on this list and has his gas safe ID card. This is exactly what we do at MyConstructor.
In the same vein, when you want to hire a gas engineer to help you with your safety certificates, you should remember to check his gas safe ID card. Be sure that the engineer is qualified to do the work for which you hired him. Not every gas engineer is qualified to handle every type of gas-related job. Some gas engineers may be registered for working on faulty gas appliances but not on faulty gas pipes.
Note: Before you book a gas safety check, inform your tenants and confirm when they will be available.
What will the CP12 Certificate contain?
The standard information that a gas certificates should contain include:
- The name, signature, and registration number of the Gas Safe Engineer.
- The name and address of the landlord or his agent.
- The date the gas safety check was done as well as the address of the property.
- A vivid description and location of every gas appliance checked by the engineer.
- The defects which the gas engineer found during the safety check and suggestions for any remedial work.
Ensure you carry out the remedial works suggested by the engineer. You should know that tenants are responsible for their gas appliances whereas the landlord is responsible for the gas pipes on the property. This is why the law requires landlords to always keep the pipe works on their property in safe working conditions.
How much does a Gas Safety Certificate cost?
Gas Safety Certificates - CP12 Certificates do not have a fixed price. This is because the cost of safety certificates is not determined by the gas safe register. Rather, the cost for gas safety certificates depends on the engineer you decide to hire. This is why you should sample quotes from different engineers before you finally hire one.
The cost of safety certificates will also largely be determined by the number of gas appliances the engineer will have to check. However, you should know that gas safety certificates could start as low as £35 and can be placed as high as £150. There is no placeholder for the cost of gas safety certificates.
A Quick Summary about CP12
A quick summary list about gas safety certificates/CP12s listed below:
- Always check the gas safe register or the gas safe ID of the engineer before you hire.
- Confirm with your tenants when they will be available for the gas safety check.
- Don't forget to give a copy of the safety certificates to each tenant within 28 days after the check.
- Make sure you carry out all remedial works that were highlighted by the engineer.
- Gas safety checks should be carried out once every year. Set a reminder, so you don't forget.
Hire a Professional Gas Engineer for your CP12 Today!
If you need to hire a gas engineer but do not know any qualified, competent, and registered gas safe engineer that can help you with the safety checks, reach out to us at myconstructor.co.uk.
At myconstructor.co.uk we have qualified and competent engineers who are willing to carry out the task at a reasonable price. We are one of the best around and our customer reviews speak for us. Contact us for a wonderful experience.
We look forward to working with you.