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Community service and fine for gas safety fail landlord

A Yorkshire landlord has been prosecuted after failing to provide gas safety certificates for two rented properties. 

Harrogate Magistrates’ Court heard that following a complaint from a tenant, an Improvement Notice was issued to landlord Dean Taylor by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for non-provision of a gas safety certificate for the gas appliances in his property. 

Taylor did not comply with that notice and during the investigation another of his properties was found to also not have a gas safety certificate. 

Taylor, of Gentian Glade, Harrogate, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 33 (1) (g) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, also Section 36(3) and Section 36(6) of the Gas Safety Installation and Use Regulations. He was given 240 hours of community service and instructed to pay full HSE costs of £2,767 by Harrogate Magistrates’ Court.

After the hearing HSE inspector Julian Franklin said: “If you rent property out, you must comply with requirements of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations, including the need to have a gas safety certificate. Gas appliances should be regularly checked, as faulty appliances can kill.” 

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    Good, if more tenants complained then we would have more prosecutions.
    There is no excuse for this and I fail to understand why some landlords are willing to put their tenant and also their property at risk for the sake of saving a few pounds, words fail me?


    Quite simply because tenants are worried that they'll be revenge evicted.

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    For crying out loud!
    Yes, the law states that a tenant must have the 'protection' of a gas safety certificate and we, as landlords, need to comply but who the hell has a gas safe inspection done on every gas appliance in their own family home every year?
    Are normal householders killing their wives/husbands and kids by the thousand every year just because they don't have one of these magical gas safety certificates?
    Why, if every tenants' safety is in serious jeopardy without annual checks and certification, does the Government not legislate for the same level of compliance for owner-occupiers - or is their safety not as important as tenants?
    Have a sense of perspective on this.


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