16th June, 2022
If you're a landlord, you may have heard of a CP12 - but what exactly is it? Let us explain...
A Landlord gas safety certificate or CP12 as it’s often still known, is essentially a safety compliance report.
A CP12 is issued in acknowledgment that an annual safety check has been carried out by a gas safe registered engineer on a premises’ gas devices, and provided satisfactory findings.
It is a legal requirement in the UK that landlords or any commercial property owners require gas safety inspections on their premises every twelve months in order to receive a valid gas safety certificate.
A Landlord gas safety/Corgi Proforma ‘CP’12 certificate must be kept by a landlord for up to two years for potential auditing. Also any current tenants must be issued with a copy of the documentation within 28 days of its issuing.
Any new tenants of rental properties must be provided a copy of a CP12 for the location upon the start of their residency.
A CP12 certificate is valid for up to one year after the date of its issue (not date of inspection). Re-inspection must be carried out annually as per UK regulatory requirements.
The price of this mandatory health and safety check can vary depending on numerous contributing factors to the cost.
Gas engineer prices can vary from £35-£200 and often depend on individual discretion; this provides a good opportunity to compare quotes before agreeing a price.
Any sub-optimal findings will result in inspection failure, with repairs required before a gas safety certificate can be issued. It is the landlord's legal obligation to arrange and pay for a property's scheduled gas safety check.
The Gas Safe Register is the appointed representative of the safety regulatory group- Health and Safety Executive. By Law, any potential safety check must be completed properly by a gas safe registered engineer.
This is a fully trained and qualified gas engineer who is legally licensed under the published Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (GSIUR).
All registered gas safe engineers should carry and be able to present official accreditation and have a verified and unique ID number.
CP12 checks generally consist of the following:
Gas tightness check
Check the standing and working gas pressure (if test points are available)
Check the burner pressure/gas pressure against the manufacturer’s data plate
Necessary ventilation and adequate air supply check
Test the flue flow to ensure the removal of products of combustion
Check that all safety devices are working properly
Check for user error or misuse of gas equipment
If any of the above checks cause warrant for concern or dissatisfactory results, a landlord must pay for these issues to be amended before gas safety certificates can be issued.
Here’s a comprehensive guide on why gas safety matters in the home or workplace.
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