A landlord rented properties out to 5 tenants without having valid Landlord Gas Safety Records in place, a court has been told.
Magistrates fined Nitin King a total of £32,000 and ordered him to pay costs of £4,560.
Landlord admits charges
Mr King of Sittingbourne, Kent, admitted four charges brought in relation to breaches of the Gas Safety Installation and Use Regulations 1998.
Medway Magistrates’ Court was told that the breaches came to light during a joint intervention carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and housing officers from Medway Council in March last year.
The court in Chatham, Kent, heard that statements had been taken from various tenants of Mr King. Of 7 properties, magistrates were told, only one had a valid Landlord Gas Safety Record in place.
The HSE website reminds landlords that they are legally responsible for the safety of their tenants in relation to gas safety.
Engineers must be on Gas Safe Register
By law landlords have to keep a record of every gas safety check carried out at each of their properties. They also have a responsibility to keep all gas appliances, pipes and flues in a safe working condition and to have annual gas safety checks carried out on every gas appliance and flue.
Checks and any work on gas appliances, meanwhile, must only be carried out by engineers who are listed on the Gas Safe Register. Tenants, as well as landlords, are urged to check that engineers carrying out work in their homes are on the register.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: September 18, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown