An unsafe gas installation could prove fatal to tenants and involve the landlord in a criminal prosecution with a maximum fine of £20,000 or up to two years imprisonment.
Most landlords are aware of their obligations under the safety legislation covering let property but there are still some who ignore the rules; sometimes with tragic consequences. Earlier this year a Staffordshire landlord was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay £44,500 costs. The prosecution followed the death of a tenant from carbon monoxide poisoning. The Health and Safety Executive said “ HSE will continue to take action against landlords who disregard their tenants’ safety. On average 20 people are killed every year because of faulty gas appliances.”
The HSE website has some useful information on the gas safety regulations: hse.gov.uk
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