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Can I Provide Copy’s To My Tenant(s)?

Yes, if your tenant is happy to receive their copy electronically and can access it in this way. But you must give them a paper copy if they ask for it. A landlord or gas engineer, with the landlord’s agreement, may send the electronic record directly to the tenant.

How Long Do I Have To Keep Records?

You have to keep records for at least two years. For more information see regulation 36(3)(c) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.

However, if you wish to take advantage of the new flexibility introduced under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 to have gas safety checks carried out up to 2 months before the date the check needs to be carried out but still retain the original deadline date (as if the check had been carried out exactly 12 months after the previous check) you will have to demonstrate that you have complied with the law and carried out the gas safety checks within the required timescales. The record will need to be kept until two further gas safety checks have been carried out.

For more information see Regulation 36A of the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998.

What Info Do I Have To Provide Tenants?

You must provide existing tenants with a copy of the gas safety check record within 28 days of the check being completed. You must provide a copy of the gas safety check record to prospective tenants before they move in.

Can I Store My Records Electronically?

Yes, as long as the electronic copy:

  • can be reproduced in hard copy format when required (eg for the tenant, HSE, or housing department)
  • is secure from loss and interference
  • uniquely identifies the Gas Safe registered engineer who did the safety check, eg
    • an electronic signature
    • a scanned signature
    • a Gas Safe registered engineer license number
    • the name of the engineer

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When Do I Hire A Gas Safety Engineer To Perform A CP12?

The Gas Safe registered engineer should only issue the record once all of the required checks have been completed. If any faults/concerns are found as a result of the check, landlords must take remedial action and ensure that the appliance is not used if it is unsafe.

The gas safety check record contains the results of the annual gas safety check. It should be issued on completion of the checks and not delayed even if concerns are found and not delayed until necessary remedial action has been taken. The record is a ‘living document’ and landlords should supplement it with records of any follow up action taken (if required). This would provide a full record of the gas safety within the property.

Do I, The Landlord, Have To Sign The CP12?

You do not have to sign the record but your name and address or that of your letting agent must be included on the record.

Can I Create My Own CP12?

You can produce your own record, but you must give it to the Gas Safe registered engineer to fill in before they do the gas safety check.

As a minimum, the record of a gas safety check must contain:

  • a description of and the location of each appliance or flue checked
  • the name, registration number and signature of the individual carrying out the check
  • the date on which the appliance or flue was checked
  • the address of the property at which the appliance or flue is installed
  • the name and address of the landlord (or their agent where appropriate)
  • any safety-related defect identified and any remedial action taken
  • confirmation that the safety check has included an examination of the matters referred to in paragraphs (a) to (d) of
    regulation 26(9) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998

Any gas safety check record given to you after 1 April 2009 will only be valid if the engineer is registered with Gas Safe Register.

For more information see insert link to Reg 26(9) information and link to new App1 industry guidance regulation 36(3)(c) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.

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Water Damage

It’s amazing how much damage a bit of water can do, from causing damp to destroying furniture. Burst and leaky pipes are the biggest culprits for water damage, which is why it’s important to inspect your property regularly – at least once a quarter. Make sure the pipes are in good working order, and that your tenants know where the property’s stopcock is.
 

Accidental Damage

A bit of wear and tear is to be expected when you rent your property out – after all, who hasn’t accidentally smashed a wine glass or two? Although landlord insurance doesn’t cover the really small stuff, it could protect you against one-off instances of accidental damage.

By its nature, accidental damage can’t really be avoided. Applying fabric protector to soft furnishings and securing large pieces of furniture to the walls are useful preventative steps.

Accidental Damage

A bit of wear and tear is to be expected when you rent your property out – after all, who hasn’t accidentally smashed a wine glass or two? Although landlord insurance doesn’t cover the really small stuff, it could protect you against one-off instances of accidental damage.

By its nature, accidental damage can’t really be avoided. Applying fabric protector to soft furnishings and securing large pieces of furniture to the walls are useful preventative steps.

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