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Gas safety checks – landlords beware!

Yet again another Landlord has been brought before the Courts for failing to have gas appliances checked annually and failing to comply with an Improvement Notice in breach of Regulation 36(3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and Section 33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Mr Tariq Ali was given numerous opportunities by the Health and Safety Executive to arrange an inspection for a property he owned after the previous Gas Safety Record expired in October 2012.
Mr Ali was sentenced to six months imprisonment suspended for 12 months together with an electronic tag. Mr Ali will also have to abide by a curfew between 7pm and 7am for the first three months.  In addition, Mr Ali will have to pay £20,000 towards the Health and Safety Executives costs.
This serves as a warning that Landlords must carryout a Gas Safety Check using a Gas Safe Registered Engineer every 12 months. If your tenant refuses you or your engineer access to the property for this purpose then our Housing Team can assist in obtaining an Injunction.

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