SM5 Gas Safety Certificates
When a PGS technician goes to a rented dwelling to undertake a gas safety inspection, certain repairs may need to be completed before SM5 Gas Safety Certificates can be awarded. Typically, this can be done at the same time as the inspection, often reducing the price.
By law, rental properties must have a gas safety check carried out every 12 months by a Gas Safe registered engineer. At PGS, our engineers are Gas Safe registered so are able to carry out these checks and issue the necessary SM5 Gas Safety Certificates to landlords.
There can be major consequences for you as a landlord if you do not have legitimate SM5 Gas Safety Certificates in place for your properties. Consequences may include withdrawal of insurance and, in some cases, even criminal prosecution where the tenant’s safety is put in danger from carbon monoxide-related leaks.
If you use a rental agent to manage your property, your contract should make it clear who will arrange the appointment with a Gas Safe registered engineer in order to obtain SM5 Gas Safety Certificates. The advice from the Health and Safety Executive is to also request copies of any checks and maintenance information relating to your property to make sure that it meets legal requirements.
To gain the SM5 Gas Safety Certificates for your properties, an inspection must be made and approved by a suitable engineer. The authorised specialist will award the relevant certificates once all appliances have been inspected and any safety issues have been resolved, and then the landlord is required to give the tenant a duplicate within 28 days and for two years keep a duplicate themselves.
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