by Rob Crawford
16:24 PM, 16th June 2014, About 7 years ago 18
We were in the process of letting a property and had been presented with the Landlord’s Gas Safety Certificate. The Landlord’s property has a gas boiler and gas hob and as far as the Landlord was concerned both appliances were covered by a British Gas HomeCare agreement. The Landlord’s Gas Safety Certificate was also provided by British Gas and listed both appliances, however, on closer examination it was only the boiler that had been tested and declared as safe.
The Landlord was not aware that the hob was not included in the British Gas HomeCare agreement. As it was listed on the certificate the Landlord assumed it had been tested.
The inspection details were of no real interest to the Landlord, his interest was in the “PASS” stamp at the bottom of the certificate.
The British Gas Gas Safe Engineer had not pointed out that the hob was not covered in British Gas HomeCare agreement and therefore he had not tested it!
I wonder how many Landlords have not checked or do not understand what has or has not been tested?
Unless you are familiar with the layout of the certificate and understand what should be entered in each of the 14 columns, it is easy to misinterpret the information provided.
Landlords & Tenants; please check your certificates and make sure all the gas appliances in your property are listed and that each individual appliance on that list has been tested and a “YES” has been inserted in the “Appliance Safe” column!
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