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EPC/Gas Certs

GAS SAFETY RECORD

What documentation can I expect from a gas engineer when they have carried out work in my home?

This will be dependent upon the purpose and type of work carried out. The only documentation required by law is a Landlord Gas Safety Record as there is a legal duty on owners of residential rented properties to have annual safety checks carried out on the gas appliances they provide for their tenants’ use. These safety checks must be carried out by a suitably qualified and registered engineer and the results are recorded in detail on a Landlord Gas Safety Record form with copies provided to the landlord and tenant.

What would you expect to see on a Landlord’s Gas Safety Record?

As a minimum, the record needs to contain:

  • A description and location of each appliance/flue checked
  • Name, registration number and signature of the engineer who carried out the check
  • Date on which the check was carried out
  • The address of the property where the appliance/flue is installed
  • The name and address of the landlord (or their agent where applicable)
  • Any safety defect identified and any action required or taken to rectify it
  • Confirmation of the results of the operational safety checks carried out on the appliances.

Landlords also have a legal duty to maintain pipework is a safe condition, so many proprietary forms also include the facility for the registered engineer to record the results of pipework integrity tests which indicate whether or not the pipework installation is safe.

Not a landlord – what documentation is required?

If you are not a landlord it is always a good idea to confirm with your registered engineer what documentation will be provided before having any gas work done in your home, as there’s no legal requirement for registered engineers to provide any documentation. In most cases your registered engineer will provide you with some documentation as it is good practice to do so.

The level of detail provided on any documentation depends on the type of work undertaken and could vary from a simple job sheet or invoice to a record containing a similar level of detail and information to that provided in a Landlord’s Gas Safety Record. So if you require something specific, make sure you have agreed this with your registered engineer before they start work.

Contact us today to carry out your gas certificate.

What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) provides potential buyers and tenants with an indication of the energy efficiency of a property. The certificate will contain information about the property’s typical energy costs and will recommend ways to reduce energy use to make the property more energy efficient.

First introduced in 2007 as part of the now-abolished Home Information Pack, an energy performance rating is necessary for properties being sold or rented in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In 2012 EPCs were updated and simplified to support the Green Deal, making up part of its assessment. The Green Deal was introduced to help homeowners make energy-saving improvements to their property. The EPC is valid for ten years and the survey of the property will usually take between 45 minutes and an hour.

Energy Performance Certificates are regulated by the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulation 2012 and the survey is conducted by Domestic Energy Assessors.

From April 2018, the regulations surrounding the Energy Performance Certificate are changing. Changes will affect both the commercial EPCs and residential EPCs within the private rented sector and will mean that the minimum energy efficiency standard for non-domestic buildings will be set at an ‘E’ EPC rating.

The new EPC regulations will be introduced from 1st April 2018 and will require all eligible properties to be improved to a minimum standard. It will be unlawful to rent a property that does not meet the minimum energy efficiency standard (unless there is an exemption) and a penalty of up to £4,000 may be imposed for breaches.

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