On the 6th of April, a new law passed in respect of the timing of gas safety certificates. A gas safety certificate can be carried out up to two months before the expiry date without the renewal date changing. So it gives more leeway for landlords and plumbers. Allowing them to carry out these checks up to two months before the end of the current certificate.
Before, records needed to be retained for at least 2 years. Now the amending regulations state to keep the last two records as a minimum.
This is a very subtle difference. Theoretically, gas safety record completion could be up to 14 months after being due. and so if it were left as only two years, there could be a situation where only one record needed retaining. The change fixes this potential problem.
The new rules do not change the landlord’s obligation to carry out a gas safety check. Landlords now have flexibility offered by the rules.
If a wall or ceiling hides the chimney/flue preventing its inspection. An inspection hatch should be fitted. Gas safety guidance states to classify the chimney/flue as a risk if it cannot be inspected. You will need to ensure that your gas engineer checks everything for you.
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