Energy Performance Certificates or EPCs are a compulsory requirement for all homes on the property market, this includes rental properties and, by law, a landlord is required to provide his tenants with an EPC when they move into the property in question. As of the 6th of April, new legislation require property owners to have an EPC in place within 7 days of marketing their property. At the end of 2014, R-22 refrigerant will be banned under EU legislation. So air conditioner systems with R-22 gas will effectively become redundant as any loss of gas cannot be replaced. It is estimated that there are still millions of R-22 systems still in operation, but the main reason for businesses delaying implementation of R-22 replacement systems is, putting it simply, the expense.
Running a property on rent is a stressful business, but you can reduce the burden a little bit by getting a Landlord gas safety certificate. If you are renting your lavished property in beautiful locations of London, it would be mandatory for you to have a landlord’s gas safety certificate.
Under the UK’s laws, it is mandatory that a landlord having gas appliances needs to have a landlord’s gas safety certificate. The certification process is completed by the Plumbing engineers who must be registered under this Safe Register scheme.
The certificate has the details of the job done by the gas engineers stating that the all the things are properly analysed and meet the correct safety standards.
This information also helps to analyse the next service date.
As you are a landlord, it is your most essential duty that you offer your tenants an up-to-date gas safety record. And for this, you need to fulfil some essential duties. Here is a list of utmost 3 responsibilities that you need to fulfil as a landlord:
Maintenance of the Fireplace Appliance: For the safety and security of the tenants, pipelines, appliances and fuels need to be maintained in a safe condition. Make sure that this appliances are serviced as per the manufacturer’s instruction.
Gas Safety Checks: For each and every gas appliance, a 12 month gas safety check is carried out. This ensures that the appliances are functioning in a proper way.
Keeping the copy of the Record: Your tenant may ask you to provide them an annual this type safety check or you can yourself offer them a copy of the safety certificate.
All these jobs need to be done by a gas safe registered engineer to ensure quality and best job.
However, you may got a record, but you must know what information does the gas safety record contain?
The record of gas safety must have:
• Description and location of each appliance and/or flue checked
• Name, registration number and signature of the engineer who carried out the check
• Date on which the appliance and/or flue was checked
• The address of the property at which the appliance and/or flue is installed
• The name and address of the landlord
• Any defect identified and any action required or taken to fix it
• Confirmation of the results of operational safety checks carried out on the appliances.
So, if you are a landlord offering a rental property with gas appliances, get a gas safety certificate from the registered gas engineer and offer your tenants safe and secure place to live.