If you are renting domestic or office premises in the UK, your landlord is legally obliged to carry out an annual gas safety check and to provide you with a Gas Safety Certificate (or CP12) document as proof of this.
He or she must also maintain all the gas appliances within your home or workplace to safe operational levels. So when taking over a home or office tenancy, it is vital to ensure that the certificate you have been given is valid.
If it isn’t, ask for a new service to be carried out as quickly as possible.
However, if you own any gas appliances that were not on the inventory when you took over the tenancy, then you are responsible for ensuring and maintaining their safety.
Should your landlord ask you to arrange the safety check, please, please, please choose a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer to carry it out and ask to see their ID before you allow them into your home.
On one side of their card will be a photo of themselves and the yellow triangle Gas Safe Register logo. On the other side you’ll see a list of the gas appliances they are qualified to work on.
Don’t be tempted to go for someone because they quote an incredibly cheap fee or believe any excuses for not being able to show you evidence that they are Gas Safe registered.
The possible outcome doesn’t even bear thinking about. Suffice to say, when it comes to gas: never cut corners.
Ask your landlord to show you how to turn off the gas supply in an emergency on the day you move in. If you ever smell gas or are worried about a possible leak call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111999 immediately.