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Landlord fined after gas safety concerns

Date:
22 June 2017

A Pembrokeshire landlord has been fined after failing to maintain gas appliances at the domestic property in West Court, Haverfordwest.

Llanelli Magistrates’ Court heard how the property owned by Gous Ahmed was visited by the Pembrokeshire Housing Standards (PHS) in late 2014. On 26 February 2015 the same premises was visited by British Gas and it was deemed that both the fire and boiler were “immediately dangerous” and put the resident at risk of harm.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the landlord failed to obtain a Landlord Gas Safety Record (LGSR) over a period of time, he continued to do so despite several letters and improvement enforcement action by HSE, it was later found Mr Ahmed only obtained a LGSR once being cautioned and invited for interview.

Gous Ahmed of Market Street, Haverfordwest pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 36 (1) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, and has been fined £15,290 and ordered to pay costs of £2500.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Simon Breen said: “Mr Ahmed put the residents and other members of the public at risk of harm by failing to maintain gas appliances in the domestic property.

“Landlords and duty holder must ensure they obtain a Landlord Gas Safety Record and they maintain all gas appliances in accordance with the law.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk[1][1]
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/ [2][2]
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