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.
Your landlord’s responsibilities
Maintenance and repairs
Your landlord must maintain and repair:
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
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:
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:
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:
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.
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