Feb 13, 2023

Annual gas safety inspection

Have you carried out an annual gas safety inspection?

Under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, landlords must keep gas appliances, pipework and flues in safe condition. And part of this landlord obligation involves securing a gas safety certificate every 12 months.

The annual gas safety inspection must be undertaken by a Gas Safe registered engineer, who will check that all gas appliances and pipework are in safe working order (see details here) and then issue a gas safety certificate – after carrying out any remedial works required.

The original certificate must legally be kept safely by the landlord or agent for a minimum of two years (although landlords should keep them for at least the duration of the tenancy) and a copy must be given to the tenant within 28 days of the check. The current certificate must be given to new tenants before they move in to abide by the landlord rules and regulations

These rules are the same throughout the UK.

On rare occasions, a tenant may try to refuse access for gas safety duties. This can be a tricky situation given landlord laws around accessing tenanted properties, but there is a step-by-step process that landlords can follow to comply with landlord obligations.

For more detailed information on gas safety regulations for landlords, check out our ultimate guide to gas safety and landlord gas safety certificates. You can see government guidelines via the Health and Safety Executive and visit the Gas Safe Register to find a local engineer or your agent can help you with their own contacts.