Landlord pays £18,000 for Failing to have his Gas Appliances Checked

23 January 2012 Categories: News

The legality of gas safety checks in rented properties was reiterated this week after a landlord from Blackburn was fined £10,000 for failing to have an annual check completed. Mr Hussain from Blackburn, Lancashire was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after ignoring warnings and reminders regarding the gas safety checks.

According to official records and the testimonies of the tenants of the property – a couple and their six young children – the last official gas safety check was conducted in 2008. Mr Hussain then failed to retest the gas appliances during 2009 and was sent a Notice of Improvement by the Health and Safety Executive in November 2010…which he continued to ignore.

During the hearing on 6th January 2012 Mr Hussain was fined £10,000 for breaching the Gas Safety Laws and ordered to pay a further £8,000 prosecution costs. When asked about the case, HSE Inspector Matt Greenly said “He (Mr Hussain) was happy to accept thousands of pounds in rent but refused to pay less than a hundred pounds for an annual gas safety check, despite receiving repeated warnings”

He then went on to say “Improvement notices should act as a final warning to individuals about complying with health and safety laws, and we will continue to prosecute in cases where notices are ignored.”  

So landlords, you have been warned.