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Four figure fine for failing to produce gas certificates

A landlord who failed to produce annual gas safety certificates as she ignored warnings from a council, has left court with a bill for nearly £1,500.

South Tyneside Magistrates heard how Tracey Robinson of Seaham had under the Housing Act 2004 breached her duties as the landlord of a terraced house in Sunderland, when she failed to produce the gas safety certificate and other documents.

She was ordered to pay court costs of £1,236.86, a fine of £180 and a £72 victim surcharge.


Robinson had pleaded not guilty and the case went to trial. She said in her defence that she had moved house and had not received mail sent to her and she thought she had complied either through her gas engineer or by emailing the Health and Safety Executive her details.

The court found against her and heard how in June 2022 the council received a complaint from Robinson's tenant after a gas leak led to the supply being cut-off with no heating or hot water in the property. A gas engineer also reported that he would be unable to repair corroded gas pipes until plumbing work was finished and how the gas boiler's flue was sealed with builder's foam.

In July 2022 the council served a legal notice to Robinson as landlord and this was hand posted at her home address. This notice required gas repairs to be done and a gas safety record to be produced to Sunderland council.

Under legislation, landlords are required to have a Gas Safety Certificate and an annual inspection of any gas appliance they provide to their rental property.

A further visit to the property by the council officer confirmed that repairs had been completed. The council continued making requests for information and the gas safety certificate during summer and autumn 2022. A legal caution was served in December 2022 and as there was no reply the council then began proceedings against Robinson.

A council spokesperson says: "Owning property and being a landlord brings with it important legal and health and safety responsibilities that must be met. These are especially important when it comes to gas safety and utility regulations. Failing to meet these responsibilities can have consequences."

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  • George Dawes

    Fair enough

    Gas can be very dangerous and is not to be messed with

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    The biggest one to hit supply is missing the very foundation of all Private Letting.
    Removal of Section 21 puts all other disastrous regulations in the shade do you not get that confiscation of ownership how can any regulation be worse than that.


    I agree completely, Michael

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    I have had high interest rates generally 8% on all my repayment loans even up to 16%. I have higher taxes. I have licensing Schemes and multiple renewal s coming out of my ears keeping me awake at night. All is by far outweighed by the Removal of Section 21 and loos of ownership impossible, what do you think
    is the main reason for hundreds of thousands of Properties to be kept vacant its Section 21 full stop 🛑. However instead of addressing the issue the Council would prefer Sanctions and penalties its their answer to everything, some Councils are Charging 200% c/tax on empty including me on Property that was always let for 25 years prior to Gove’s draconian move to remove ownership, now another Council is talking of charging 300% c/tax on vacant property instead of removing the rules that’s keeping them vacant, if those useless interfering busybodies hadn’t made stupid Policies all habitable properties would be let instead of idle, you wouldn’t need to have Double/ triple c/tax to try to force owners to let are you mad do you think they want their property empty ?, they are loosing money, the Government is losing money, the revenue is losing money, the whole economy is suffering not least the Homeless, wake up and go to Olympia show today and tell them Suits.


    Well said Michael!

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    I do think gas safety extremely important so I don’t have a problem with certification. Electrical safety too. However we are being driven out the market by unfair taxation regime, constant vilification by the activists and media. Removal of Section 21 is the number one reason I am selling up. I have only used it once in my forty years as a landlord but without I no longer have control over my property.

  • George Dawes

    I’m renting a 4 bed but any problems in the coming year and I’m selling up

    Enjoy it while it’s still legal to spend your own money on what you want …


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