St. Margarets Gas Safety Certificates
The punishment for not having official St. Margarets Gas Safety Certificates can range from fines to a criminal conviction depending on the consequences. As a landlord you are responsible for the safety of your tenant and if the tenant is in any way injured as a result of an unsafe appliance, you are responsible in the eyes of the law and could therefore face prosecution.
Before properties can receive their St. Margarets Gas Safety Certificates, they must be successful in a range of assessments for gas leaks, installation flaws, ventilation issues, signs of inappropriate use, standing and operational pressures and flue effectiveness. All of these assessments can be undertaken by PGS engineers.
In cases where a rented room in a property does not itself have gas heating, but there is a gas boiler in the building, the landlord must still obtain the relevant St. Margarets Gas Safety Certificates. If you are uncertain whether or not your building requires certification, PGS can provide guidance.
Letting agents and landlords sometimes have trouble remembering when their St. Margarets Gas Safety Certificates need updating, or when the yearly safety assessment of their property is due. To make your life easier, PGS provides a service whereby you are automatically contacted when these checks are due.
Contracts between landlords and rental agents must spell out whose job it is to organise for a Gas Safe qualified professional to inspect the property and award St. Margarets Gas Safety Certificates. It is also seen as best practice by the Health and Safety Executive that the landlord keeps copies of all certificates and repair documents for certainty of the accommodation being safe and legal for renting.
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