Gas Safety Certificate
If you are renting your property or marketing it for sale then you legally need a gas safety certificate and an EPC energy performance certificate. Any new build property also needs an EPC.
What are they?
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) give information on how to make your home more energy efficient and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. All homes bought, sold or rented require an EPC by law. Find out what EPCs look like and what they contain.
Your legal duties
Letting a Property
There are six main areas of law which a property must comply with before it is ready to be let :
Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1994 (as amended) - all gas appliances must “be safe”
The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 - all electrical appliances must “be safe”
Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (as amended) - all upholstered furniture must comply with safety standards and carry a fire resistance display label. For further information see the Government website: http://www.berr.gov.uk/consumers/fact-sheets/page38123.html
Smoke Detectors Act 1991 – the property must have smoke alarms - I can supply and fit as a non profit service
The Housing Act 2004 - requirements from April 2006
Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2008 - from 1st October 2008 an Energy Performance Certificate must be made available to a prospective tenant
Before a property is let you must make sure, by law, that it and its contents comply with the above.
The Department for Communities and Local Government makes recommendations to Landlords and Tenants on how to ensure compliance to the Safety Regulations. The CLG website is a useful reference for the legislation, and clearly states that there is a legal requirement for electrical safety:
I can carry out am annual gas safety inspection to the property and provide the necessary Gas Safety Certificate (CP12)
Electrical Equipment Safety
I can inspect and test the landlord’s electrical appliances (PAT testing) and carry out a visual survey of the electrical power points, light switches, earth bonding and fuse box once a year and possibly prior to a new tenancy. The landlord is provided with Visual Inspection Reports and Appliance Test Results which also help to control property damage
Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) to the Electrical Installation
The electrical circuitry should be inspected and tested on a five yearly cycle. I can carry out this inspection and provide a full report (PIR) with any recommendations needed to bring the electrical system up to the standard required under current regulations BS7671. Some insurance companies require this inspection and any safety issues rectified, before granting insurance cover. Most, if not all, Housing Associations and Councils require this if you are intending to rent you property to them for a fixed 1,3 or 5 year period
Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Safety
If required, I can provide a full inspection of the property and advise where smoke and carbon monoxide alarms could be fitted - I supply these at no extra cost and installation is free
Why use me?
- I promise to answer the phone, give you a timed appointment, turn up on time and offer you an excellent service.
- I am registered with Gas Safe, which is a legal requirement when working on gas. It used to be Corgi but that changed as of 1st April 2009.
- I am a qualified Domestic Energy Assessor able to produce EPC's.
- I have a City and Guilds inspection and testing qualification and can carry out PAT testing on all electrical appliances.
- I am NICEIC qualified and registered.
- I offer huge savings. I will match or beat any genuine quote you have, call me and try!. The more services you need, the more you save. Huge discounts for multiple properties, multiple services etc.
- Timed, evening and weekend appointments to suit you or your tenant. I prefer to liaise with the tenants anyway, not only saving you the hassle but it also enables me to plan a time to suit both of us.
- I always carry my ID cards. Ask to see them. Dont pay someone who isn't qualified. The certificate will be worthless.