Gas Safe Advice

The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and Understanding the law for rental accommodation

As a leaseholder, you have a responsibility to yourself and the residents in your home to ensure gas appliances and flues are safe.

It is recommended that you regularly maintain and service all gas appliances and/or flues. This work must be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer, as must any other gas work.

Leaseholders living in or letting a property equipped with gas appliances need to understand and comply with the law relating to gas safety.

If you let a property, you must make sure that pipe work, flues and appliances provided for your tenants are maintained in a safe condition. You need to have a gas safety check every year.

You are legally responsible for making sure that a “Gas Safe” registered engineer checks the gas appliances in your property every 12 months and gives you a copy of the gas safety certificate (CP12).

You must give your tenants a copy of the gas safety certificate within 28 days of it being carried out or before they move in. You are also obliged to show your tenants how they can turn off the gas supply in the event of a gas leak.

Please forward a copy of your current gas safety certificate to the Home Ownership Services Team for our records. Remember, you must keep a record of each safety check for two years.

If it becomes necessary to install a new boiler/heating system you must ensure that the work is carried out by a contractor who is gas safe registered and part of a competent person scheme.  If the flue is to be replaced or relocated a buildings regulation application will be required.  Before you undertake any works of this nature please contact the Home Ownership Services Team who will be able to advise you what information is required by Stevenage Borough Council; who will wish to carry out an inspection of the finished works.  Following an inspection formal landlord’s consent will be issued. There will a charge of £100 for administration and inspection which can be paid by a cheque made payable to Stevenage Borough Council (and sent to the Home Ownership Services team) or the charge can be added to your service charge account.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a legal requirement if you are subletting


Contact us

Home Ownership Services Team (HOST)
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House

01438 242236