In all privately rented residential accommodation the landlord has specific legal responsibilities under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations that require your landlord to:
- Maintain pipework, appliances and flues provided for your use in a safe condition.
- Carry out a 12 monthly gas safety check on each gas appliance/flue. A gas safety check will make sure gas fittings and appliances are safe to use.
- Provide you with a record of the annual gas safety check within 28 days of the check being completed or when you move in. If a property or room is hired out for less than 28 days at a time, it is also permissible for your landlord to display a copy of the current Landlords Gas Safety Record in a prominent position within the property.
These safety checks can only be completed by a gas safe registered engineer. More information and what to do if your landlord will not provide you with a copy of the gas safety record can be found on the Gas Safe website.
A landlord will not be able to gain possession of their property using section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 where a tenant should have been issued with a gas safety record but was not.