Gas safety

You have a responsibility to ensure that your gas appliances are safe and are inspected on an annual basis by a Gas Safe-registered engineer.

A faulty gas supply or appliance can be dangerous, not just to you and your family but also to your neighbours. By having your gas appliances serviced every year, you can reduce this danger. Gas safety risks include:

  • gas leaks
  • fires
  • explosions
  • carbon monoxide poisoning

If you sub-let your property you are also responsible to your tenants under the Gas Safety (Installations and Use) Regulations 1998. This means you must:

  • ensure that all gas appliances, installation pipework and flues for which you are responsible are in a safe condition
  • arrange for your gas appliances and flues to be checked for safety every 12 months
  • ensure the work is carried out using a Gas Safe-registered engineer by asking to see a current Gas Safe registration
  • keep a record of all safety checks carried out for at least two years after the safety check
  • ensure your tenant receives a copy of the gas safety check record within 28 days of the inspection
  • ensure any new tenant receives a copy of the current gas safety check record before they move in for the first time.

The Health and Safety Executive website has full information on gas safety and gas checks for both homeowners and landlords; or call their advice line on 0800 300 363. 

All gas work in your home must be done by a Gas Safe-registered gas engineer. This includes installing, repairing or servicing a gas boiler, gas fire, cooker or hob. You can check on the Gas Safe Register website if your tradesman is registered.