£40,000 fine for landlord who did’nt have a gas safety certificate

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6 November 2014

Magistrates have fined a landlord £40,000 after he failed to make sure one of his properties underwent a mandatory gas safety inspection.

Trafford Magistrates' Court heard how on several occasions the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) warned Tariq Ali, that the gas safety record on the Persia Street property in the Lancashire town had expired and he needed to arrange an inspection.
The law stipulates that all rented properties with gas appliances have to be checked by a Gas Safe-registered engineer once a year, but Mr Ali ignored the warnings, the court was told. Magistrates heard the gas installations at several of Mr Ali's properties had been classed by Gas Safe engineers as either immediately dangerous or at risk in 2011. On 12 September 2013 the HSE issued an Improvement Notice on the Persia Street property ordering him to arrange a gas safety check within a month but the deadline passed and no such inspection had been made, the court heard. Mr Ali admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and was ordered to pay the £40,000 fine plus another £18,054 in prosecution costs.

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