Over the years, the UK has gradually become more obsessed with red tape, health and safety and bureaucracy, particularly when it comes to building, renting or buying properties. For the most part, this is a positive thing. Measures like the Building Regulations exist to ensure a minimum standard of safety and quality workmanship across the entire property construction industry.
The same is true with flats to rent in places like Fulham. While it may sometimes be a nuisance, ticking the boxes and attaining official documentation serves to protect landlords and tenants alike.
If you are a landlord or interested in becoming one, you may be aware that you have to jump through a number of hoops before a tenancy can begin. One of the most important factors to consider is obtaining the proper certificates. Unfortunately, sometimes it can be difficult to know which ones you have to handle yourself.
In this blog, we look at one of the most important forms of documentation that landlords need to obtain if they have flats to rent.
Whether you’re a homeowner in Fulham or a landlord elsewhere in the UK, it is worth getting a Gas Safe registered engineer to regularly check your gas appliances. Once the check is complete, the engineer may provide you with a certificate called a Gas Safety Record. Previously known as a CP12 or Gas Safety Certificate, this record is a requirement of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.
These checks involve assessing:
• The safety of appliances
• That systems are working properly
• That safety devices are operating efficiently
• That appliances are burning at the proper operating pressure
• That harmful gases, like carbon monoxide, are venting cleanly outside of the property
If you are a homeowner, you are not legally obliged to have a Gas Safety Record. Although, we recommend you still have a professional check your gas appliances every year.
However, this documentation is a legal requirement for any landlord with flats to rent.
Landlords in and around Fulham must arrange for a Gas Safe registered engineer to inspect the appliances, pipes and vents of your property once every 12 months. The Deregulation Act dictates that you must provide each of your prospective tenants with a copy of this record before they move in. You must also give a copy to any existing tenants within 28 days of the check.
This record shows:
• Details of the property and of the landlord
• A brief description of all tested appliances
• The results of the safety checks performed on every appliance
• Whatever safety issues the engineer has identified during the checks
• Suggestions about the necessary work, repairs or action required to ensure the gas safety of your Fulham property
• Details about the date of the check and the engineer who performed them, as well as their signature
However, it is worth noting that if an appliance, such as a gas cooker or hob, is the property of your tenant, it is not your legal responsibility to arrange for a Gas Safe registered professional to come and check it.
If you have flats to rent in Fulham but don’t have an up-to-date Gas Safety Record, it is illegal to let your properties. This may classify as a criminal offence, the penalty for which includes a substantial fine and possibly also imprisonment.
It will also invalidate your landlord’s insurance.