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Landlord fined for failing to check gas safety

Around 50 tenants lived in the buy-to-let properties in Richmond, Hampstead and Wilesden. In one of the properties, the boiler had not been checked for over nine years. The company, Barclay Limited, was fined £6,500 and ordered to pay £1,822 in costs after pleading guilty to two gas safety charges at Westminster Magistrates Court.Landlords are always responsible for ensuring their property has a gas safety certificate. Properties must be checked at least once a year by a registered Gas Safe Engineer and issued with a new certificate, which should be made available to tenants. Records of these checks must be kept for at least two years. Flues and pipes as well as appliances should be checked.Health and Safety Executive inspector Anne Gloor commented, “We found that Barclay Limited owned more than 10 properties in Richmond, Hampstead and Willesden, which involved around 50 tenants. The firm failed to maintain and check the gas appliances in all these properties. As a result, it put the lives of the residents, their neighbours, and their own properties in danger and chose to ignore the warnings and enforcement action from HSE.”Because they are not living in the property, many landlords believe that their tenants are responsible for maintaining it and organising safety checks. However, by law landlords must address any maintenance issues in a timely manner, as well as ensuring the property is safe to live in. Aside from a gas certificate and structural issues, this includes ensuring that the property has a valid electrical safety certificate, and that all fitted appliances, such as boilers, cookers and heaters are safe.Are you a landlord with a rental property issue? Talk to us. We are experienced property law specialists and can provide landlords with all the expert guidance needed. Call 01302 320621 or email landlordprotect@athertongodfrey.co.uk
 

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