If you own properties that you rent out you have a legal responsibility to make sure they are safe for your tenants. Regardless of whether that’s your old flat or you have an extensive property portfolio and run it as a business, your obligations are the same and they are very clear.
You have to make sure that all gas appliances, pipework, chimneys and flues in the property are safe by having them serviced annually by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. They will then provide you with a Landlords’ Gas Safety Certificate, also known as a CP12. You need to provide a copy of this to your tenants within 28 days and whenever a new tenant moves in. Please note that there is no grace period and it is a criminal offence not to have one in place. The Health & Safety Executive can impose a fine of up to £6000 and even a 6 month custodial sentence.
The consequences of not meeting your obligations in terms of gas safety should be taken seriously; not only are there the legal penalties of fines and prison terms just for not having the Gas Safety Certificate in place, any injury or loss of life resulting from faulty appliances could be deemed your responsibility.
We can offer Gas Safety Certificates for landlords for £49 for the first appliance and £39 for each subsequent appliance. For a combined service and certificate it’s £69 for the first appliance and £49 for subsequent appliances. We can also, obviously, offer fast reactive repairs (see our rates). Call 0800 032 6478 for further details.
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