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Annual Gas Safety Checks


For tenants, we have a legal responsibility to carry out a gas safety check in your home every 12 months. Annual gas safety checks are vital and classed as essential work because the safety implications of not completing this important maintenance and safety work is significant.

We appreciate that not everyone uses gas appliances, but we still need to check and maintain any associated pipework in your home. If you have a gas cooker it is your responsibility to have this serviced and maintained as we will only inspect the pipe the cooker is attached to.

If you have a service scheduled with us, please allow our engineers access to your home to complete this, to ensure your home is as safe as possible. It is also a condition of your tenancy agreement to allow us access to carry out this essential work.


If you are a leaseholder, your gas appliances should be checked regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer to ensure they are safe and in good condition. As part of your lease agreement, you will need to provide us with a copy of your annual gas safety certificate.

BCH, along with our partnering gas contractors, offer an annual Gas Safety Care & Maintenance scheme. This scheme covers breakdowns to your heating and hot water system as well as the annual gas safety inspection and gas safety certificate. You would need to pay for this service in advance; for more information, please contact the Homeownership Team.

Gas leaks

If you smell gas, think you have a gas leak or are worried that carbon monoxide fumes are escaping from a gas appliance, call the gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999.

  • Do not smoke, strike a match or operate light/switches
  • Turn off the gas at the control valve (usually near the meter)
  • Open the property’s windows
  • Report the gas leak to BCH once you have contacted the emergency gas number above.