Gas Safety Checks and Gas Safety Certificate. Is it necessary to have a gas check done and a certificate issued on a brand new property?
Landlords must by law have gas checks done and a Gas Safety Certificate issued prior to letting a residential property.
These checks must be carried out by a Gas Safe Registered engineer / installer and should include all gas appliances, systems, pipework and flues in the property.
A Gas Safety Certificate will be issued which lasts for 12 months and a copy must be supplied to the tenant/s on entry and every 12 months thereafter.
In the case of a new property, where the appliances and systems have just been commissioned by a Gas Safe Registered engineer / installer, a Gas Safety Certificate will have been issued at the time the new appliances and system is commissioned.
This commissioning Gas Safety Certificate is most likely supplied to the builders and a copy should be passed on to the new owner.
According to Gas Safe Register, it is not necessary to have another gas check done or another Gas Safety Certificate issued so long as a copy of the commissioning Gas Safety Certificate is available and a copy can be passed on to the tenant. This will last for 12 months.
It is important to ensure that all the appliances in the property, including cookers etc, have been included in the commissioning certificate.
After 12 months a new landlord’s gas check and Gas Safety Certificate will be required.
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