Gas safety during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

This page gives an overview of HSE's guidance for landlords, registered gas engineers and clinically vulnerable tenants during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Use the links in the sections below to go to our detailed guidance on the Gas Safe Register website.

Landlords

The law says you must repair and maintain gas pipework, flues and appliances. The law also says you must do annual gas safety checks and keep a record of those safety checks.

You may have difficulty doing safety checks during the pandemic as some tenants may be self-isolating.

As restrictions ease, you should assess the balance of any risk presented by the gas system against the risk to tenants' health from COVID-19.

What landlords need to do during the coronavirus pandemic

Registered gas engineers

You can continue to work during the pandemic. This includes work in other people's home such as plumbing, electrical and gas work.

How to work safely in a customer's home

Clinically extremely vulnerable tenants

You should check the latest UK or devolved government advice to see if clinically extremely vulnerable people are having to shield.

If the government reintroduces shielding you should inform your landlord, who will balance any risk from your home’s gas system against the risk to your health.

An assessment may show that the gas safety check should go ahead to keep you safe.

Guidance for shielded tenants

Check the public health regulations and guidelines for the nation you are in for further guidance for landlords and tenants.

We review and update this page to reflect any changes in guidance.

Page last reviewed: 31 August 2021

Next review due: 30 September 2021

 
2021-08-09