Gas Safety Failings Lead to Suspended Sentence for Landlord

Landlords may wish to consider electric heating after a London based landlord has been given an eight week suspended sentence for gas safety failings.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court sentenced the landlord after hearing that he failed to have a gas boiler checked for safety by a suitably qualified engineer and obtain the necessary safety certificate from the Gas Safety Register.

A tenant raised concerns about a carbon monoxide leak from a boiler and the National Grid switched off the gas supply. The tenant then made a complaint to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Illustration depicting a sign with a Carbon Monoxide concept.

The landlord pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 36(3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and was given the eight week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay £80 victim surcharge and contribute costs to HSE.

If you’re a landlord and have been concerned about this story then you may wish to consider electric central heating in order to avoid this costly and potentially life threatening mistake. As electric heating and electric boilers do not burn gas or use a flue, they do not require the same safety checks and servicing as traditional gas boilers.

To find out more about the peace of mind that electric heating and electric boilers can bring, get in touch for a no obligation quote.

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