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Landlord fined after risking the lives of tenants

A Plymouth landlord has been fined £20,000 after repeatedly failing to maintain a boiler in a rental property and provide gas safety certificates.
 
54-year-old Abdul Manik was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive after Plymouth City Council passed on information that he did not have the required safety certificates for a number of flats in a building on Meadfoot Terrace. The council had requested certificates from Manik on seven previous occasions. The HSE served an Improvement Notice to Mr Manik, which he did not comply with by the expiry date.
 
Landlords have a responsibility to have their property checked by a qualified gas engineer every 12 months. A record of the annual gas safety check must be provided to tenants within 28 days of completion, or to new tenants upon arrival.
 
The situation came to a head when a tenant at one of his properties called in a gas engineer, who discovered serious problems with the gas boiler. The engineer designated the boiler as “immediately dangerous”, which indicates that if it continued to be used or connected to the gas supply then it could constitute a danger to life or property. Manik did not carry out the repairs and the boiler was replaced by Plymouth City Council.
 
In court, Manik was ordered to pay costs of £2,817 as well as being fined £20,000. Simon Jones, an HSE inspector involved in the case, commented: “Landlords have a legal duty to carry out gas safety checks and maintenance which are there to protect their tenants from death or injury. In this case, Mr Manik ignored repeated requests to carry out the checks and as a result, a serious fault with the gas boiler at one of the flats undetected until discovered by an engineer.”

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