Blackburn Landlord Handed Suspended Sentence for Gas Safety Issues

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A Blackburn landlord failed to maintain gas appliances in a King’s Lynn rental property and has been issued with a prison sentence.

Landlord Steven Ladell from Blackburn did not provide the property’s tenants with a gas safety certificate.

In August, inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Gas Safe Registry examined the property. Norwich Magistrates’ Court was told of the ways in which inspectors found a gas oven to be at risk. The gas central heating boiler was also unsafe.

The property had initially been inspected by the housing standards team at West Norfolk council. This came following a complaint from a tenant of a faulty gas boiler and gas oven. Both appliances were found to be in a poor state of repair and both were considered unsafe. No documentation was available from the landlord to demonstrate routine safety checks and servicing was being regularly carried out.

The HSE investigation confirmed that Ladell had failed to have the gas appliances regularly inspected or maintained. It also showed that he had failed to provide a landlord’s gas safety certificate for many years.

The rogue landlord also failed to comply with an improvement notice issued on July 13, 2017. The notice required that he take action to deal with these issues.

Ladell admitted to the the offences and was therefore sentenced to 20 weeks in prison, which were suspended for two years. He was also ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid community work and told to pay full costs of £4,146.34.

HSE inspector Paul Unwin said: ‘HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.’

Councillor Adrian Lawrence added: ‘The various regulations concerning the private rented sector are there to ensure tenants’ safety in their homes. This case very clearly demonstrates the seriousness of the breaches and is a reminder to private sector landlords of their obligation to ensure gas appliances they provide are checked and inspected on an annual basis. A copy of the landlord’s gas safety certificate should be handed to the tenant and copies kept for a minimum of two years.’

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