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Buying a new home

When moving home there is a lot to consider, and your safety should always be a top priority.

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?

  • Ask the current owners to provide a gas safety record for all the gas appliances in the property.
  • If they cannot provide a gas safety record, or it’s been more than 12 months since the last check, you should contact a Gas Safe registered engineer to carry out a gas safety check before you move in.

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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.

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I’ve lost my certificate

Don’t worry, if the installation was notified through Gas Safe Register you can order a replacement certificate.


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