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Suspended jail term for landlord failing to maintain gas appliances

A landlord has been sentenced for failing to maintain gas appliances at a rental property in accordance with the law.

Swansea magistrates’ court heard that in 2017 inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive and Gas Safe Register inspected a property in the city.

They found a gas cooker which was not to current standards, a boiler which was found to be a risk which may constitute a danger to life, and installation pipework considered to be immediately dangerous, exposing the tenant and others to potentially fatal exposure to carbon monoxide.

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An HSE investigation found that the landlord, Tariq Shehadeh, failed to have the gas appliances regularly inspected or maintained, and failed to provide a Landlord Gas Safety Record, all of which are legal requirements. 

Shehadeh - who lives in the Qatari capital, Doha - later complied with Improvement Notices which required he take action to deal with these issues.

He pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 28, 36(2), 36(3) and 36(4) of the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998 and has been given a 12-month custodial sentence, suspended for two years.

He’s also been ordered to pay the full costs of £14,883.30.

 

HSE inspector Anne Marie Orrells says: “Landlords must ensure gas appliances at their tenanted properties are checked by a Gas Safe Register engineer at least every 12 months and are maintained in a safe condition. HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

  • George Dawes

    The sooner we ditch gas the better , it’s a total liability plus the supposed savings are eaten up by maintenance, inspections , certification and leaks etc , it’s an archaic form of fuel tbh .

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    It took 4 years to bring this landlord to book. Why?

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    Shehadeh - who lives in the Qatari capital, Doha

     
  • PossessionFriendUK PossessionFriend

    Not under-mining Gas safety in any way, but the sentence seems Totally out of proportion !

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    Gas used to be a good reliable source of Heating for decades and rarely if ever broke down until Digital Technology came along and discovered how they could to make them unreliable.
    I am not going to be singing the praises of Electric Boilers yet either I can see enough problems with them too, hard water scaling up etc, or course we are going to need 3 phase electric as well that virtually no one have got and not readily available, not been mentioned yet, the single phase in normal housing is only going to do 14 kw maybe do a small Flat, we are going to need a lot of Leci.

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    I have 2 boilers that are over 25 yrs old, not a moments trouble with either of them, I have others that need replacing at 7 yrs old.

     
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    Regarding the breaches of Gas Safety regulations I am not going to try defend non compliance but he did later comply and done the work so he did spend the money or couldn't have complied. What I find very strange is the Costs of £14'883.30 an extraordinary amount by comparison to the Footballer who's Costs were £1'100.00, sorry I forgot it was probably a piece of string ??...

  • Fredy Jones

    I Realistically the courts have a massive massive backlog and it’s going to take even longer than normal due to social distancing and restrictions.

    The eviction ban has been extended again and again ever since the first time it was extended. The word on the street is that it’s going to be extended right up to May the 4th when it will be called breathing space. This will be an indefinite eviction ban for those who qualify.

    for those LLs who do actually get to the front of the backlog, the courts are looking for anything to throw it out of court and you have to go to the back of the line. Even if everything was correct in the application.

    the real elephant in the room is the problem is what will happen to all these tenants who are losing their jobs/incomes and mental health and can’t pay rent anymore?

    where will they all go?

    there are plenty of empty properties around but the asking prices are too high for universal credit? Rents will have to fall down to meet this new normal

    the other thing is councils are telling telling tenants to stay in the homes until actually evicted by bailiffs and there is a backlog waiting list here too

    ​​​​​​​then the fact is that if it gets to bailiff turning up at the door all the tenant has to do is say they are shielding due to symptoms and the eviction is called off and you are back to square one

    they are not allowed to go anywhere near a suspected Covid case and no way allowed to evict them......

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    You keep repeating yourself in different threads.

    Please make your posts relevant to the subject of the thread.

     
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