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Gas Safety Checks for Landlords

A Landlord has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive for failing to provide Gas Safety Certificates on at least 7 separate occasions.

The Health and Safety Executive served an Improvement Notice on the Landlord, Mr Abdul Manik, requiring him to undertake the Landlord Gas Safety checks and maintenance but this had not been carried out by the expiry date.
Subsequently, a gas engineer was called in by one of the Tenants and found serious problems with the gas boiler of the flat.  The engineer notified the Health and Safety Executive and the boiler was classified by the Gas Safe Registered engineer as immediately dangerous, meaning that if it was operated or was left connected to the gas supply, it could cause an immediate danger to life or property.  The boiler was replaced by Plymouth City Council after the Landlord had failed to undertake the necessary repairs.
The Landlord pleaded guilty and was fined £11,000 and costs of £880.
This case serves as a reminder to Landlords to keep on top of annual Gas Safety checks and not to ignore any Improvement Notices. Whilst the fine was hefty at £11,000, it could have been greater if some harm had been caused to the Tenants.
If your Tenant will not allow you or your registered gas engineer into the property to service the boiler, then an Order from the Court can be obtained for access.

For further information or advice please contact our Specialist Team on 0800 088 6004.