Whilst being a private landlord can be incredibly rewarding, it also comes with considerable responsibility (both for the property and your tenants).
For example, it’s a legal requirement to have all of your gas appliances, pipework and flues checked every 12 months in order to guarantee their safety. Once this is completed, you’ll receive your landlord certificate, which may also be referred to as CP12 documentation.
But what do you need to know about landlord certificates, and why should you care? Here’s our brief guide!
An Overview of the Landlord Certificate
Prior to the introduction of the Gas Register in 2009, the Landlord Certificate was governed by CORGI standards (during which time it was referred to as the CORGI Proforma).
During the last 10 years, however, the responsibility for ensuring the safety of all gas appliances has belong to the Gas Register, which features a comprehensive list of all officially accredited engineers who are legally allowed to work in homes throughout the UK.
You must hire a Gas Safe-registered engineer to carry out the inspection of the gas appliances in your home, in order to guarantee the integrity of the work and the safety of your paying tenants.
In addition to ensuring that you have a new CP12 certificate issued every 12 months, it’s also important that this is delivered to your tenants within 28 days of the previous documentation expiring.
In the case of new tenants, they must have their certification within 28 days of their move-in date, and it’s crucial that you remain on top of this as a landlord.
What are the Benefits of Securing Your Landlord Certificate?
Aside from guaranteeing the safety of your tenants and protecting your own investment as a landlord, securing a CP12 certificate can save you considerable sums of cash over time.
The reason for this is simple; as otherwise you could incur a sizable fine in instances where a faulty or unchecked gas appliances subsequently cause a fire or damage.
Your tenants may also have further protections as a tenant if they’re not provided with a CP12 document, making it harder to force through an eviction as and when required.
Why Choose CV Plumbers and Heating to Carry Out the Work?
As we can see, it’s extremely important that you fulfil your gas safety obligations every year as a landlord, but who should you choose to carry out the inspection on your behalf?
Well, if you reside in Northampton, Wellingborough or the surrounding areas, you can rest assured that CV Plumbers & Heating has you covered.
After all, we’re fully Gas Safe-registered and City & Guilds qualified, whilst our years of experience have enabled us to develop an extremely customer-centric service over time.
To learn more about us and this service, why not give us a call today on 07834 949683? Or shoot us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll respond as soon as we can!