Landlord's Gas Safety Certificate

As a landlord, you are responsible for the safety of your tenants.  You must ensure that appliances are working correctly and guard against the dangers of carbon monoxide.

Therefore, every rental property that has any sort of gas appliance, whether it be a central heating boiler or a gas stove or even a gas fire, requires a Gas Safety Certificate.  These certificates can only be issued by a technician registered with the Gas Safe Register.  The Gas Safe Register superseded CORGI (Council for Registered Gas Installers) as the sole legally recognised gas safety register in the UK on 1st April 2009.  Certificates are valid for a year from the date they are issued.  The following factsheet provides useful information on gas safety for rented property.
 

  Landlord's Electrical Certificate

Landlord electrical certificates are another important part of ensuring the safety of your tenants and being able to prove that you have taken reasonable steps to do so.  All electrical certification should be carried out by an electrician whom is registered with a national body such as the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installers and Contractors (NICEIC), the National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT) or ELECSA. 

Periodic Inspection Report

It is advisable to have a full electrical inspection carried out every five years.  This examination investigates the state of the electrical wiring throughout the property and thoroughly checks the safety of the electrical installation. The electrician should issue you with a 'Periodic Inspection Report for an Electrical Installation' at the end of the examination, which declares the electrical installation as safe. 


 

  Energy Performance Certificate

 

The Energy Performance Certificate or EPC is the energy effifiency rating of a property, precisely a building. The rating is represented raphically on a scale from A to G, where A stands for effcient energy performance and G stands for the least dfficient energy performance. EPC's are a direct outcome of the European Union Directive 2002/91/EC, inspired by the Kyoto Protocol that aimed at cutting back on energy consumption and ecological deterioration due to CO 2 emissions. Incorporated in Part 5 of the UK Housing Act 2004, this directive requires all house and buildings in UK to have EPC by 2009.

 

 

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