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Landlord refused to check home gas

A landlord has been prosecuted for ignoring a demand to carry out safety checks on gas appliances at the home of one of his tenants.

Michael Smith, from Doncaster, never maintained the appliances nor the associated pipework and did not have them safety-checked for at least 12 months at the house in Conisbrough. The tenant was never given the necessary gas safety record.

Smith also ignored an official notice from the Health and Safety Executive, which had urged to him get the safety check done. Officials had asked him for a copy of the gas record but were ignored again.

A Gas Safe-registered engineer brought in by safety inspectors to examine the tenant’s gas system in January last year identified five defects in the system.

Doncaster magistrates fined Smith, of Grange Road, Bessacarr, a total of £400 and ordered him to pay £1,000 in costs. He admitted breaking the Gas Safety Regulations on three counts and admitted his non-compliance with the Improvement Notice.

HSE inspector Mark Welsh said: “Mr Smith blatantly disregarded a law designed to safeguard tenants from potentially fatal effects of carbon monoxide poisoning. He chose to put his tenant at risk and failed to take action even when given ample opportunity to do so when given an Improvement Notice saying exactly what needed to be done and when.”