The Importance of a Gas Inspection Certificate
Getting a gas inspection certificate is a must for landlords and home owners who own a property with gas appliances. These include appliances such as gas fires, hot water systems and stoves. A gas safety check can identify potential issues and give you peace of mind that the system you have installed is functioning properly. This inspection is not required for all property owners.
A basic certificate is one that lists your gas system’s conformance to relevant standards. This is the most important. If you don’t have one, it’s a good idea. If you plan to purchase or sell property, it might be worth arranging for a gas pipe inspection.
The CP12 Gas Inspection Certificate certifies that the gas system has been installed safely. It also shows compliance with all important standards. The CP12 is a document that should take between 30-40 minutes to complete. The CP12 includes the name and address of a Gas Safe Registered Engineer, an explanation about what a CP12 means, where your gas inspection was conducted, and recommendations for fixing any issues that might arise.
The CP12 also deserves a special mention, because it’s a very important piece of paper that a reputable Gas Safe-registered engineer will provide you with. The CP12 contains information such as the name and description of the engineer who prepared it, along with the details about the gas piping system. This is not for the enjoyment of being a spruiker, but to help protect the public from possible danger.
If you are thinking about getting a gas piping system inspection, it’s a good idea to read up on the relevant laws and regulations, and learn about your options before you hire an inspector. For assistance, you can contact your local municipality or Department of Transport and Main Roads. You may also want to apply for a court injunction to compel your landlord to undertake a proper gas safety inspection.
You should also be aware that you can evict your tenant under section 21 of the tenancy laws, even if you aren’t the tenant. However, it’s unlikely that your local council will do this on your behalf. You might consider hiring a lawyer to represent you in such cases.
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 requires that you arrange a gas safety check for your property at least once a year. Those who fail to arrange such a check can face hefty fines. If the tenant is killed by an unsafe gas installation, this can be especially problematic.
If you’re a landlord, you’ll need to ensure that your rental property is equipped with a CP12 Gas Inspection Certificate. It is required by law and protects you from being sued.