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Landlord sentenced for gas safety failings

Landlord sentenced for gas safety failings

15 March 2016

A London based landlord has been given an eight week suspended prison sentence for gas safety failings.

The landlord in question failed to have the gas boiler checked by a suitably qualified person and failed to obtain the necessary safety certificate. The tenant in the property raised concerns about a carbon monoxide leak and subsequently made a complaint to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

The landlord in question was given an eight week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay fines and costs.

For any landlords who are uncertain about their responsibilities regarding gas safety, an annual check of all gas appliances is mandatory. Checks must be carried out by a suitably qualified person and a certificate or record of the safety check issued.

For further information about your responsibilities as a landlord or property manager, you can visit the HSE website to find out more.

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