Gas and Electrical Safety

Electrical Safety

As a landlord you must ensure that electrical equipment and the electrical system are safe.

Currently, there are no statutory obligation to provide annual safety checks on electrical equipment (this must be done in the case of gas appliances) but it is advisable to do so because you can be held responsible if things go wrong. See the Landlord Zone website.

Energy Performance Certificate

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) give information on how to make your home more energy efficient and reduce your energy costs. All homes bought, sold or rented require an EPC. Find out what EPCs look like and what they contain.

Gas Safety

You are required by law to have a gas safety check done by a Gas Safe registered engineer every 12 months (Gas Safety (Installation and Use 1998) Regulations. Please see Gas Safety Register website for information on how to contact a Gas Safe Registered Engineer.

Faulty appliances, inadequate ventilation and blocked chimneys/flues pose serious safety risks  - gas leaks, fires, explosions, carbon monoxide poisoning 

The engineer will check that everything is in good working order and safe to use. Once complete, you will be given a Gas Safety Certificate and you must give a copy to the tenant within 28 days. New tenants should be given a copy before they move in.

The Certificate must record:

  • Description of and location of every appliance and /or flue checked
  • Name and signature of the person carrying out the check and either their registration number or the registration number of their employer. Electronic signatures are permissible
  • Date on which the appliance  or flue was checked 
  • The address of the property where the appliance and/or flue is installed 
  • Name and address of the landlord (or agent)
  • Any defect identified and any remedial action taken
  • Statement confirming that the safety check complies with the requirements of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use)Regulations 1998, Regulation 26(9). 

When a person performs work on a gas appliance, they shall immediately thereafter examine:

a.The effectiveness of any flue

b.The supply of combustion air

c.Its operating pressure or heat input or, where necessary, both

d.Its operation so as to ensure its safe functioning