EPC’s& Gas Safety Checks

EPC’s

EPCs became a legal requirement when marketing a property 10 years ago. In those 10 years our energy assessors have been providing energy performances certificates for both residential and commercial properties in and around London.

We have an extensive amount of knowledge to advise our clients on how to raise their energy performance rating to achieve levels required from April 2018 for on all properties going to market.

Properties most likely affected by this new regulation will be period properties with ageing heating systems and low levels of insulation. We are happy to visit the property, calculate the EPC rating and work with the client to achieve the required level.

Our Swift Aspect EPC assessors operate with absolute care and professionalism and will typically spend around 30 minutes assessing the different factors that can affect the energy performance of the property.

Gas Safety Checks

Landlords’ gas safety checks are a legal requirement, introduced by the government in 1996. This requirement states that if you rent part, or all, of your property you must have all gas appliances and pipework checked annually and a record kept.

All your gas appliances, including your gas boiler, gas cooker and gas fire, should be safety-checked once a year and serviced regularly according to manufacturers’ instructions by a Gas Safe-registered engineer.

What Is a Gas Safety Check?

A gas safety check involves a Gas Safe-registered engineer coming to inspect your gas appliances. They will check that the appliance is working correctly and will check the following four areas specifically:

  1. That your gas appliances are on the right setting and burning as they should, with the correct operating pressure.
  2. That harmful gases are being removed from the appliance safely to the exterior of the building.
  3. That any ventilation routes are clear and are working properly.
  4. That all the safety devices are operating properly.

Your check will identify any defects that require remedial work. You should have a gas safety check every year. If you are a landlord, this is the law.

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