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Landlord fined after gas safety concerns

Date:
29 November 2017

A landlord from Plymouth has been sentenced after failing to provide her tenant with a copy of the landlord’s gas safety record at her rental property in Cardinal Avenue, Plymouth.

Plymouth Magistrates’ Court heard how the tenant had asked for a copy of the gas safety check from his landlord on numerous occasions but no such record was ever given to him. The tenant therefore lived at the property with the worry that the gas appliances had not been checked for safety.

During an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) they formally requested a copy of the current landlord gas safety record but the landlord failed to comply with that formal request.

Evelyn Linda Dew of Lester Close, Plymouth, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 36(5) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. Having heard that Mrs Dew’s property holdings make no profit and that she lives on her state pension, the court set a fine of £1,000 and ordered her to pay prosecution costs of £5,094.32.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Simon Jones said: “Evelyn Dew repeatedly ignored the requests of first her tenant and then the HSE for a copy of the gas safety record as so the tenant lived in fear that the gas appliances at his home were unsafe.

“Landlords must produce a landlord’s gas safety record when requested by a tenant so as to reassure a tenant that the gas appliances at their tenanted property are safe.”

Further information about gas safety can be found at http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. We seek to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health through regulatory actions that range from influencing behaviours across whole industry sectors through to targeted interventions on individual businesses. These activities are supported by globally recognised scientific expertise. hse.gov.uk
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: legislation.gov.uk/
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