And they’re back. Certainly they never went away because there are constant reports, but occasionally the drip of complaints becomes a flood, and the Guardia Civil has issued a specific warning. Take extra care, and remember that inspections only ever take place at pre-arranged appointments, that no genuine “gas inspector” ever turns up unannounced, that they have official identification and do not demand cash.
Just to repeat, these so-called “inspectors” are insistent, and are even uniformed to look like household name businesses, like Repsol or Cepsa. They charge for unnecessary inspections and always find “urgent problems or alterations” to create a formal-looking bill of hundreds of Euros, and cannot be accused of fraud because they get householders to sign an order for the work.
Police stress that the person responsible for the gas installation (whether owner or tenant) is responsible for carrying out gas inspections, and is required to do so every five years. In the case of those with piped gas, they will have a distributor who will arrange this, sending an inspector to a pre-arranged appointment. Payment for the inspection is made by the householder in the subsequent gas bill. In the case of bottled gas, users must have an inspection every five years, but in this case, must find a business specifically authorized to carry out inspections – these are never arranged by the businesses themselves, and payment will be by specific invoice.