Gas Safety

2nd February 2020

Your landlord must make sure that gas appliances in your home are safe and checked every year.

Gas Leak

Call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999 if you smell gas or think there is a gas leak.

Find out more from the NHS about signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.

For information on gas safety, call the free Gas Safety Advice Line on 0800 300 363.

Your Landlord's Responsibilities

Your landlord must make sure that the gas supply and appliances they have provided are:

  • in a safe condition
  • fitted or repaired by a Gas Safe registered engineer
  • checked every 12 months by a Gas Safe registered engineer. This includes pipework, cookers, boilers, fires and water heaters.
Your Responsibilities

You are responsible for any gas appliances that you own. Your landlord is usually responsible for any flues, pipework or chimneys they are connected to.

When a Gas Safe engineer checks the appliances owned by your landlord, you can ask them to check your appliances, but you may have to pay for this.

Gas Safety Inspections
  • Your landlord must arrange a gas safety check every 12 months.
  • The check must be done by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Our chosen contractor is PH Jones.
  • If there is a serious problem with any of the gas installations in your home, the engineer must make them safe.
  • Your landlord should give you a reasonable amount of notice about a gas safety check. You must allow the engineer access to your home to carry out the inspection and do any repair work.
Gas Safety Certificates

A Gas Safe registered engineer will give your landlord a gas safety record after inspecting your home. This is often called a gas safety certificate. If the record shows there are problems that affect gas safety, the landlord must get the problems repaired.

Carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms 

A private landlord must install:

  • carbon monoxide detectors in rooms with a coal fire or a wood burning stove
  • smoke alarms on each floor of your home

If you have gas or oil heaters and boilers, carbon monoxide detectors are recommended but not required.

The detectors and alarms must be in proper working order:

  • when they are installed
  • at the start of all new tenancies

You are responsible for checking they are still working after that. If an alarm or detector stops working, contact the landlord to arrange for new batteries or a replacement.

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