By law, only a Gas Safe registered engineer can work on gas appliances, flues and pipework. For this reason, a homebuyers or structural survey often does not determine if the gas appliances in the property are working correctly and are safe. So, it’s wise to ensure these are checked before you move in, for peace of mind to know that the appliances are working safely. Unsafe appliances can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions.
What action should you take?
Buying or selling in England or Wales?
The Building Regulations in England and Wales require the local authority to be notified of any heat producing gas appliance that has been installed since April 2006. A Building Regulations Compliance Certificate will be issued for the property and should be passed to the new owners. Click on the infographic below for further information.
I’ve lost my certificate
Don’t worry, if the installation was notified through Gas Safe Register you can order a replacement certificate. The cost for a replacement is £6 plus VAT.