How and Why is a Gas Safety Certificate (CP12) Important in UK?

27 Apr. 2019

Written by Neil Marsh MCIPHE RP RHP EngTech

By Law, under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations, it is the responsibility of the landlord to get a Gas Safety Certificate every 12 months on any property they own that they have tenanted … One needs to use a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer to perform an in-depth inspection of all gas appliances, pipe work, and flues installed at the property. This Gas Safety registered engineer then issues a gas safety certificate which is known as CP12. The CP12 is a report that outlines the appliances tested in an annual gas safety check in a property in the UK. This certificate is valid for one year and the landlord is obliged to get these checks every year in order to renew the certificate.

The Landlords Gas Safety Check includes the responsibility of the landlord to get a gas safety check and carry out maintenance on gas appliances. The landlord should have multiple copies of the paperwork and give a copy to the tenants within 28 days of the inspection.

During a Landlords Gas Safety Check, the following are the inclusions:

  • Confirming that all safety devices are working properly
  • Checking that appliances are well ventilated and that there is a constant supply of fresh air; this fresh air is ensured for the gas to burn properly
  • Declaring an appliance unsafe if any fault has been detected
  • Inspecting the flue and chimney in order to ensure that the fumes exit out via proper means
  • Checking gas appliances and the installation for gas tightness
  • Checking flame failure devices for satisfactory operation
  • Checking burner pressure and gas rate against the manufacturer’s data plate/instructions
  • Checking the standing and working pressure if test points are available

Although the gas safety checks are recommended every 12 months, it is a good idea to get the check conducted between tenants too. By getting this check, it is ensured that all appliances are completely safe and operational before the next tenant moves into the property.

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Installing carbon monoxide (CO) alarms is highly recommended as it is the best way to ensure that the tenants are safe from dangers of CO poisoning. However, this alarm should never be an alternative to gas safety checks and maintenance.

Once the Gas Safety registered engineer has visited the property and carried out the check, a CP12 is issued, wherein the following details are correctly filled in:

  • The date of the check
  • The address of the property
  • A description and location of each appliance and flue that has been checked
  • The faults and defects that have been identified and the action (if any) that has been taken to fix them
  • The results of operational safety checks carried out on the appliances and that the safety check is in compliance with the Gas Safety Regulations
  • Name, Gas Safe Register ID and signature of the engineer who carried out the check
  • Date for the next safety check

Landlords in UK must be able to provide their tenants with up-to-date Gas Safety record to ensure that the property let is gas safe.

FORTHRIGHT undertake landlords gas safety checks and issue CP12 certificates on a regular basis to landlords throughout Cheltenham, Gloucester, Stroud, Tewkesbury and the surrounding areas.