Gas safety check flexibility?

Gas safety check flexibility?

15:14 PM, 5th November 2018, About 5 years ago 24

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One of the changes is:- “introduce a degree of flexibility to the timing of landlords’ annual gas safety checks. This change means that landlords can carry out the annual gas safety check in the two months before the due date and retain the existing expiry date. This avoids landlords waiting until the last minute and not gaining access, or having to shorten the annual cycle check to comply with the law.”

In practical terms, I wondered what method the person doing the check is supposed to use to establish the current expiry date, which he/she needs to post-date the new certificate. Am I expected to send him/her a copy of the existing CP-12 or is there some central database like with MoTs?

I have had one gas man tell me he could not pre or post date the CP-12, and neither of the two I spoke to were aware of the change, which came in April 2018.

Of course there’s no way I can see to ‘phone HSE and their enquiry portal helpfully informs me I might wait 30 days for a reply.


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Michael Barnes

22:58 PM, 10th November 2018, About 5 years ago

My guess is that some (many?) are using old pads of GSCs.

I've recently had GSCs done, and the new form has date of inspection and date of expiry boxes. I showed gas engineer previous GSCs to get the due date.

If both dates are filled in by the gas engineer, then surely that is all that is needed (it must be the responsibility of the gas engineer to determine the correct dates to enter, imo).

Michael Barnes

23:01 PM, 10th November 2018, About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Clint at 06/11/2018 - 12:20
The tenant pointed out that he moved in before the gas safety test was done, after which, I informed him of the way it worked with the new legislation, and dug out the old safety test and provided him with the copy.

If you did not provide GSC before he occupied, then you cannot serve a valid S21 notice.

Seething Landlord

23:13 PM, 10th November 2018, About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Michael Barnes at 10/11/2018 - 22:58
That might indeed solve the problem but I think I'll keep the original certificate as well so that it will always be possible to prove the deadline date. They have to be kept for two years anyway so hopefully by then the system will have bedded in and everyone will be clear about what is required.

Mick Roberts

6:47 AM, 12th November 2018, About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Michael Barnes at 10/11/2018 - 22:58
Yes, I think that's where others are getting confused which is confusing me. The latest certificates have THREE dates on which solves all the above.
Once you've received a few of them, they are so easy to understand. Keep this one & one before & job done.

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