While it’s a landlord’s legal responsibility to maintain the gas appliances within your home, there are several things you can do as a tenant to ensure your safety.
Know your rights
In the UK landlords have to use a Gas Safe registered engineer to carry out annual safety checks and servicing on all your gas appliances and fittings.
Once this is complete your landlord will receive a Gas Safety Certificate.
When you move into a property ensure that the current certificate is dated within 12-months, and if not, request an assessment.
Know your responsibilities
If you own any gas appliances that were not on the inventory when you first rented your home, you are responsible for ensuring their safety.
Nonetheless, your landlord will, in most cases, be responsible for the gas pipes and any chimneys or flues that serve your appliances.
Choose the right person for the job
When your annual gas safety checks become due or if you need to arrange any repairs, always ensure that a Gas Safe registered engineer is used.
Whether booked by yourself or your landlord, always ask to see the engineer’s ID before they enter your property.
On one side you’ll see their photo and the Gas Safe Register logo of a yellow triangle, while on the reverse you’ll see a list of the appliances they’re qualified to work on.
Know what to do in an emergency
When you move into your rented accommodation your landlord should be able to show you how to turn off the gas supply in the event of a gas leak or other emergency.
If you believe an appliance is faulty, stop using it and let your landlord know as soon as possible.
Should you ever find a serious problem or become suspicious of a gas leak, call the National Gas Emergency Service number on 0800 111999, 24 hours a day.
Maintain your carbon monoxide alarm
Whether you or your landlord fit it, it's a good idea to regularly test your carbon monoxide alarm to ensure it's working effectively.
An effective audible alarm will let you know when CO is present in your home and can potentially save your life.