When you rent a property there are regulations in place that are designed to keep you safe. Gas appliances carry the risk of carbon monoxide leaks if they’re not working properly so your landlord has an obligation to make sure they’re safe and has to provide evidence that they are in the form of a Landlords’ Gas Safety Certificate, also known as a CP12.
It’s a legal requirement for landlords to have all gas appliances, pipework, chimneys and flues checked annually to make sure the property they’re renting out is safe for you to live in. This will include boilers, gas fires and gas cookers. A copy of this certificate should be provided to you every year when the checks take place (your landlord should provide this within 28 days of a service being carried out) and you should get a current certificate when you move in (if the checks were carried out within the last 12 months they won’t need to be checked again). Only Gas Safe registered heating engineers are able to provide the Landlords’ Gas Safety Certificate.
The condition of the gas appliances in any property you rent is the responsibility of your landlord however you can help them to help you:
If you have any concerns about your gas appliances then take this up with your landlord or letting agent. You can find out about all the rights you have as a tenant on the government website.
Landlords, if you are unsure about your obligations or require a Gas Safe Engineer to carry out services and supply Gas Safety Certificates see our information for landlords or give us a call on 0800 032 6478.
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