LANDLORD ESSENTIALS: Gas Safety Certificates

As part of my upcoming podcast, The Legal Stuff, I wanted to share some basic information that all Landlords should already know but just in case – it doesn’t hurt to refresh. 

Every property that is rented out needs to have an annual Gas Safety Certificate if it has gas coming into the property. 

Sounds pretty straight forward right? Absolutely. But there are still properties up and down the country that do not comply with this basic legislation so I wanted to share why it’s important. 

Some background: the Gas Safety Certificate will check the safety and compliance of the gas flow throughout your property, as well as the appliances that use it. 

This isn’t just about ticking a box here – if something goes wrong in your property due to lack of compliance then you are liable in the eyes of the law. 

So here are the basics:

  • It must be carried out by a Gas Safe Engineer
  • It must be renewed every year without fail

This legislation isn’t just in place to protect the tenant, but also you as a landlord as well. I’ll tell you a story:

I know of a Landlord that didn’t bother with the Gas Safety Certificate. He moved the tenant in, the boiler blew up and the Landlord was prosecuted for not providing evidence that the boiler was safe. 

And it doesn’t even need to be as serious as that – let’s say that the hob on an oven is faulty. The tenant cooks with it and gets injured as a result. Whose fault is it? It’s the Landlords. It is their legal obligation to provide a safe environment for their tenant. 

Gas Safety Certificates don’t cost a lot of money – you’re talking £50 – £100. It’s not a lot of money in the grand scheme of things and it’s a basic maintenance cost that you can factor into your yield calculations. Generally a Lettings Management company will do this for you if they manage your property, but if you are a DIY landlord or self-managing landlord just drop me a message and I can put you in touch with a contact in your area to get this sorted for you. 

The Legal Stuff with be available to download on The Anonymous Landlord podcast from Wednesday 22nd July 2020. To subscribe, just click the link!