It’s hard to believe that almost nine years have passed since the introduction of compulsory registration of building regulations for the installation of gas appliances. In April 2005 when Corgi were the governing body for all gas installers, any newly installed appliance fired by gas was required to be registered by the installer through a self certification scheme direct with Corgi, or by the home owner direct with their local authority.
In April 2009 Corgi were replaced by Gas Safe and although this had no implications for us as homeowners, for registered gas installers it meant a relaxation of some appliances needing to have their installations registered. Certain appliances, including a new boiler, still need to be registered by the installer direct with Gas Safe and once this has been done you will receive a Building Regulation Compliance Certificate. This document will be required to be produced to your buyers when you sell your property – therefore remember to keep it in a safe place! If the installer is not Gas Safe registered, then you would need to contact your local Building Control Department at the Local Authority before you allow them to start work.
Therefore always check that the person you engage to carry out gas work is registered with Gas Safe to do such work and that they will deal with the registration of the installation and let you have the necessary documentation. This will not only ensure the appliance has been installed properly, but will also reduce any unnecessary delay and anxiety when you sell your property.
Rebecca Gunn specialises in Employment law, Commercial Property & Residential Property and is a solicitor in our Leicester office.Talk to our legal team
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