Does a New Boiler Need a Safety Certificate?
If you hired a reputable Gas Safe engineer to install a new boiler, there’s a good chance that you’d want to document everything that was done. A boiler installation certificate might help you in a variety of ways in the future, and it may be quite crucial depending on who you are.
So, what are these certificates and why should you care about obtaining one?
Gas Safety Certificate: What is it?
It’s a document that confirms the work on your gas appliance is safe, legal, and has been registered in the proper manner. The name speaks for itself. A Gas Safety Certificate generally arrives by post if all necessary information including your engineer’s notification has been provided to the Gas Safe Register. The name that this certificate will be known varies based on the location.
Do I need a Gas Safety Certificate?
Depending on who you are in reference to the property, the reasons for wanting certification will differ. The result is that you’ll need some sort of certification to show that a qualified individual completed the task safely and that all necessary boxes have been checked.
Work on any gas appliance as well as anything that generates heat, such as a fire, must be reported back to your local authority in England and Wales. This is done so that the authorities may log it for the purpose of Building Regulations Compliance (which is a legal obligation).
The homeowner is in charge of making sure that their engineer records this work, but any heating professional would do so as a matter of course (we always do). When you get a new boiler installed, especially if you’re thinking about selling or remortgaging your property, getting this certification is critical.
Within 30 days, a gas safety notice must be sent to the local authority. If you want to know whether the work has been properly registered, Gas Safe may assist you in following up.
For each home they manage, landlords must have a gas safety inspection. This is a legal obligation that must be updated on an annual basis. This applies to both commercial and residential landlords.
The explanation is simple: if you have tenants living in the home, they need to know that everything has been double-checked and verified. If something bad occurred as a result of cutting corners, the landlord would be held responsible, and the consequences would not be pleasant.
Your landlord is required to provide you with a copy of the gas safety record as a residential tenant in a rented property. Within 28 days of inspections being completed, existing tenants should receive a copy of the gas certificate. Before their moving date, new tenants should obtain one.
One thing to keep in mind: it is not the landlord’s responsibility to check a gas appliance if it is owned by the tenant.
There is a lot more regulation involved with natural gas safety than there is with LP or LPG. A professional engineer has to evaluate the work, and someone must keep records of all repairs. The laws concerning this are, of course, much stricter.
The Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations of 1998 require employers, even self-employed individuals, to maintain gas appliances in a safe condition. To confirm their conformity, these also have to go through an annual check with a safety certificate.
Not only is it required by law, but these inspections may also be necessary for insurance reasons, as well as for the safety and wellbeing of your employees and customers.
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