Who needs London gas safety certificates? Does this apply to everyone? This answer is that legally it depends on your circumstances. If you own a property in London which you own and let or rent out, and it contains gas appliances, then according to British law you must have a gas safety certificate covering each gas appliance. The applies not only to London but the UK as a whole.
The underlying principle is that all gas appliances are potentially dangerous. As a homeowner, you have a responsibility to yourself and your family to promote your and their safety and well-being. But this is a moral rather than a legal requirement.
However, if you own property that you let or rent out to others, this responsibility becomes a matter of legal necessity.
Gas safety certificates are valid for 12-months. Depending on the number of fittings they cover, the costs will vary.
Only gas safety registered professionals can issue valid London gas safety certificates
Gas safety certificates are only obtainable from Gas Safe certified professionals. In order for gas fitters and plumbers to get their certificates, they have to undergo specialised training. The training and the certification covers different categories of Gas Appliances. This means if you are going to employ a Gas Safe registered plumber or fitter, you mist check what their registration covers.
Gas Safety certificates are issued on the day that the inspection is carried out. The last for 12-months only after which they must be renewed.
Gas Safety certificates for all purposes
CW Services Plumbing and Heating supply London gas safety certificates for landlords, their agents, or any premises owners who desire them. Although not a legal requirement for private homeowners who live in their properties, many like to have them for their own peace of mind.
The other reason many private homeowners like to have a current Gas Safety certificate is if they are selling their homes. It gives potential buyers confidence. It means the property and appliances they are considering buying are well looked after and properly maintained.
Other people who should have any gas appliances gas safe certified on an annual basis are business owners. The leases on business premises often carry clauses exempting property owners or their agents from the responsibility. It then becomes the business owner’s risk. They, of course, they have a duty of care to safeguard the health and safety of their employees.
What Gas Safety certification helps to prevent
Not only is there a risk of explosions due to gas leaks. The other single most dangerous risk is CO poisoning. CO stands for carbon monoxide. It is a colourless and odourless gas. It gets emitted when appliances do not burn completely burn their fuel, and because it is difficult to detect, it is very dangerous. CO poisoning can cause permanent brain damage and is potentially deadly.
It is for this reason that landlords must have London gas safe certificates covering any gas appliances in the properties they let or rent out.
If you are in need of London gas safety certificates for any property or any reason, please contact CW Services Plumbing and Heating on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184.