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Wokingham Plumbing

Landlord Gas Safety Inspections / Certificates

MSB Plumbing and Heating offers landlords and property agents a gas safety inspection certificate. Landlords who rent part, or all of a property, must have all gas appliances and pipe work checked and a certificate to prove it every 12 months.

If you are a landlord with your gas appliances unchecked or your certificate has expired, call us today for your Landlords Gas Safety Certificate or send us a email to

A Landlord Gas Safety Inspection / Certificate includes:

  • 1. Check Appliance for gas tightness. Check appliance for gas tightness.
  • 2. Check standing and working pressure if test points available.
  • 3. Check burner pressure / gas rate against manufacturers data.
  • 4. Check for satisfactory provision of all necessary ventilation.
  • 5. Test flue flow to ensure removal of products of combustion.
  • 6. Check satisfactory operation of all the flame failure devices.
  • 7. Check for presence and effectiveness of stability brackets (where appropriate).
  • 8. Investigate any evidence of unsafe operation and report to a responsible person. An appliance will not be deemed as having been checked, until the above has been completed.
  • 9. For a Landlords Safety Record inspection a tightness test of the full system should be added to the above.

Landlords Information on Gas Safety

Landlords or their agents have a statutory duty to:

  • Ensure that fittings and flues are maintained in a safe condition. This means that you should have gas installations and appliances serviced regularly and keep a record of the service.
  • Have a safety check carried out on all gas appliances and flues annually or within 12 months before the start of a new tenancy.
  • Check gas installations and appliances immediately before the start of any new tenancy, even if the gas safety certificate is still current.
  • Have all installation, maintenance and safety checks carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer only.
  • Keep a record of each safety check for 2 years – the Gas Safe Register installer will issue this.
  • Give a copy of the Gas Safe Register engineer’s safety check report to each current tenant within 28 days of the safety check, or to new tenants before occupation.

The statutory regulations are: Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. These regulations are enforced by the Health and Safety Executive.

Your property should have:

  • Safe, well maintained gas installations and appliances
  • A current Landlord Gas Test Safety Certificate.
  • A record of regular appliance servicing

Landlords should:

  • Ensure the gas meter and cut-off valve are easily accessible to the occupiers.
  • Make it clear to your tenants that they should not carry out their own ‘repairs’ to any gas appliance.
  • Ensure your tenants know that they must turn off the gas supply to the property.
  • Advise your tenants not to use any gas appliance they think is unsafe.
  • Advise your tenants that you will need to get access to the property to carry out the necessary safety checks and maintenance to the gas appliances (with reasonable notice)

Landlords Shouldn’t:

  • Allow anyone other than a Gas Safe registered engineer to maintain gas installations or appliances.

The landlord and tenants’ obligations are statutory requirements and a criminal offence would occur if they were not met.

One of the most important energy saving measures you can take could save a lot more than money. Keeping your boiler serviced regularly.

Many people think that if a boiler is working it doesn’t need any attention but that is not true, if a boiler’s not serviced annually, it and the flue will gradually start to get blocked and become less efficient. The boiler will have to work harder to produce the same heat. The result is higher gas consumption – and bills and a greater chance of build-up of deadly carbon monoxide (CO).

In rented accommodation an annual inspection is compulsory.

Badly installed or maintained gas appliances can cause CO faults. Legislation requires the landlord to carry out a gas safety inspection on all gas appliances at least once every 12 months. The servicing/inspecting must be carried out by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. Carbon monoxide is a gas which is highly poisonous. It has no colour, smell or taste and so can be difficult to recognise. With enough air, burning domestic fuels produce carbon dioxide and water vapour in safe amounts and these products are normally taken away by a chimney or flue. However, if there is too little air and the air vent, chimney or flue is blocked, any carbon monoxide produced cannot escape.

There should not be a strange unusual smell when a gas appliance is on. The flame on a gas fire or heater should not burn yellow or orange.

If the gas appliances in your home are unsafe you could be at risk of fire, explosion or carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide gas is invisible and has no smell. It is very poisonous and can kill quickly. If you are suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning you might have symptoms such as headaches, nausea, chest pains, sudden faintness, erratic behaviour, diarrhoea or stomach pains.

What if the landlord doesn’t have a valid Certificate?

If a landlord does not have a valid gas safety certificate, or does not do works required, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has the power to prosecute. Failure to follow gas safety requirements is a criminal offence and can be punished by fines or imprisonment.