The landlords of a family who needed hospital treatment after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning have been ordered to carry out 80 hours’ community service.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation traced the potentially deadly gas fumes to four unsafe appliances in their house.
Trafford magistrates heard that landlords Mehboob Bobat and wife Suraiya, also of Bolton, had not organised the legally required yearly gas safety inspection.
The Bobat’s tenants, who asked not to be identified, started renting the property in February last year.
They began feeling ill with serious headaches, breathing problems and palpitations. And the woman, who was heavily pregnant at the time, had to be treated in hospital, while her husband was prescribed codeine.
On August 21st, the pair became worried about the constant crying of their baby, who was then four months old. An ambulance was called when the mother collapsed and all three were kept overnight in hospital due to large levels of the toxic gas in their systems.
Heater posed ‘immediate risk’
After the family had suffered their injury at home, their landlords were asked for a certificate as proof of a yearly gas safety inspection but they had not got one.
The HSE found the kitchen gas boiler and lounge gas fire were a possible source of the poisonous carbon monoxide fumes.
And a gas water heater was connected to the kitchen’s washing machine and sink, despite the fact it was later classed as posing an immediate risk.
Mr Bobat, 47, and his wife, 46, had to pay costs of £720 and pay a £60 victim surcharge.
They admitted two breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. They were also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £60.
Mike Sebastian, the HSE’s principal inspector, said after the case that landlords must ensure that rented properties are safe for tenants.
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