A Gas Safe registered engineer has been to your property and it is time to issue you with a Gas Safety Certificate. But what exactly is a CP12 certificate and what is its value?
What is the difference between a CP12 Certificate and a Gas Safety Certificate?
There is no difference – they are in fact that same thing.
‘CP12 Certificate’ was the original name for the documentation produced by the Council for Registered Gas Installers (CORGI); CP stands for ‘CORGI Proforma 12’ which is the product code for the landlord certificate.
CORGI were the UK body for gas safety matters until the Gas Safe Register scheme took over from 1st April 2009. This is where the name ‘Gas Safety Certificate’ originates from.
What is a CP12 Certificate?
Any landlord who is renting out accommodation must have a Gas Safety Certificate, as it is a legal document. A Gas Safe registered Engineer comes to a property to carry out checks on all gas appliances and pipework to ensure that tenants are safe and protected against gas or Carbon Monoxide leaks.
How long does a Gas Safety Certificate last for?
The certificate is valid for 12 months, after which a landlord must call out a Gas Safe registered engineer to perform the necessary checks on the gas appliances and pipework of the property.
What does a Gas Safety / CP12 Certificate contain?
A qualified registered engineer will fill out the following details on the certificate:
- Engineer details: he/she will write down his/her name and Gas Safe Register ID number. The engineer will then sign this as proof of legislation confirmation
- The date that the gas safety check has taken place
- The address of the property where the certificate is being verified
- The landlord’s details: The engineer will need the landlords name and address as a point of contact
- An inventory: the engineer will take note of every appliance and flue of the property, along with their locations and conditions
- Any problems that have been noticed by the engineer during the check: if remedial action has been taken, the engineer will also take a note of this
- A statement that confirms the gas safety check has been completed
- A statement outlining compliance with the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 Tenants should be provided with a copy of the certificate within 28 days of the check occurring, or before they move in to the property.
Note: Landlords should retain the certificate for at least two years.
How can you obtain a Gas Safety / CP12 Certificate?
One of our approved Gas Safe Registered-engineers can attend your property every year, check your appliances, provide you with valuable safety information and issue you with a Gas Safety Certificate, keeping you compliant with the law with the minimum of effort.
Simply choose from a one off check and service or an annual assessment with our specialist landlord cover (this can also include a Carbon Monoxide test, boiler services and unlimited 24 hours a day call outs) today!