Torquay Magistrates’ Court has fined a local landlord £12,000 and ordered to pay £418 in costs after pleading guilty to four breaches of gas safety legislation.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) held an investigation after a complaint from a tenant.
The investigation revealed that the landlord had illegally carried out five gas safety checks which, should have been performed by a registered Gas Safety Engineer. Furthermore, the landlord fraudulently completed his landlord’s gas safety documents using a false Gas Safe Register number.
The court heard that by performing these illegal acts in April 2013 and October 2014, the landlord had put the lives of his tenants at risk.
HSE Inspector Simon Jones after the hearing said:
“Landlords must ensure checks are carried out by registered Gas Safe engineers who are independent and competent to do the work.”
“Such checks are vital to protect tenants from death or injury caused by potentially dangerous gas appliances.”
Russell Krӓmer, chief executive at Gas Safe Register, said: “Landlords have a responsibility to make sure their tenants are safe when it comes to gas. In addition, tenants have a right to make sure their landlord gets all their gas appliances safety checked by a registered gas engineer every year.
“Tenants and landlords can check that the gas engineer carrying out the work is registered by checking their Gas Safe ID card. Always ask to see this card and check their unique licence number with Gas Safe Register before letting them work on your gas appliances.”
Further information on landlords’ responsibility for gas safety can be found on the HSE website at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/landlords/