Gas safety in your home

Annual gas safety checks can keep your home safe. If you rent your home, your landlord is responsible for getting checks done and doing repairs. Report your landlord to the Health and Safety Executive if you think your home is not gas safe.

If you smell gas or think there's a gas leak, call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999

It’s free to call and available 24 hours a day.

Your landlord’s responsibilities

Maintenance and repairs

Your landlord must maintain and repair:

  • gas fittings

  • pipe work

  • any gas appliances they give you

Gas safety checks

Your landlord should make sure safety checks are done once a year.

Making sure gas appliances are safe prevents fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.

When a check is done, your landlord gets a gas safety record. When you move in, they must give you a copy of the existing record.

If safety checks are done while you are living there, you must get a copy of the record within 28 days.

Only a Gas Safe Registered installer can do gas safety checks, maintenance and repairs.

It’s dangerous for anyone else to do this, and could be illegal.

If you’re concerned that someone doing gas work in your home is not registered, check the Gas Safe Register.

Carbon monoxide detectors

There must be a carbon monoxide detector in each room with a fuel-burning appliance, such as a gas fire or boiler. Your landlord is responsible for installing and maintaining it.

If you think your landlord has not done gas safety checks

Step 1: speak to your landlord informally

Ask your landlord for the gas safety certificate. It should say when checks were last done.

Step 2: if they do not give you the gas safety certificate

Ask your landlord to do a gas safety check in your home.

Use our template letter asking for a gas safety check to help you know what to say.

Step 3: if your landlord will not do gas safety checks

Report them to the Health and Safety Executive

You'll need to provide:

  • your contact details

  • details of the gas appliances in your home

  • your landlord's contact details if you have them

  • what you’ve done to get your landlord to do the checks

To find your landlord's details, search the Scottish Landlord Register.

If your landlord will not do repairs or provide a carbon monoxide detector

Follow our guidance on:

Your responsibilities

Report any gas problems or repairs as soon as possible.

Allow the Gas Safe Register installer into your home to carry out work.

Be aware of gas safety

Check for danger signs around gas appliances. These include:

  • sooty marks

  • yellow or orange flames instead of blue

  • pilot lights that blow out often

  • excessive condensation on windows

Be aware of carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s caused by gas leaks. Symptoms include:

  • tiredness

  • headaches

  • nausea

  • sudden faintness

Get more information from the NHS on the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Contact your doctor if you’ve been exposed to carbon monoxide.

Gas repairs and safety checks on appliances you own

You’re responsible for repairing these and getting gas safety checks done.

Never carry out repairs or checks yourself. It’s dangerous and likely to be illegal.

Your responsibilities if you own your home

You’re responsible for doing repairs in your home.

It’s recommended you carry out gas safety checks every year.

If you have a fuel-burning appliance, like a boiler or fire, there must be a carbon monoxide detector in that room.

Checking for radon gas

Radon gas occurs naturally, and it can be dangerous if it exceeds certain levels.

Check radon gas levels in your local area

Find out how to measure radon gas levels in your home

If your rented home has high levels of radon gas, and you think it’s because of a repair problem, ask your landlord to do the repairs.

Last updated: 29 June 2022

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