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Suspended sentence for landlords over safety breaches

A Sheffield husband and wife have been condemned by a judge for a catalogue of gas safety breaches.

District Judge Antony Brown spared them jail, but lambasted the actions of estranged couple Farhat Basharat and Waheed Ahmid, both 34, as he dealt them suspended prison sentences for putting the lives of a family at risk at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court.

The pair were investigated after Sheffield Council officers were called to the Gleadless Road home they owned in November 2010.

At the time, a Latvian family of five – including three children – were renting the property from them.

When officers visited they found appliances and flues had not been checked by a registered gas engineer and had not been maintained in a safe condition as required by law.

They were deemed an ‘immediate danger’, exposing tenants to risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, which kills around 20 people in the UK every year.

Citizens Advice Bureau worker Basharat, and taxi driver Ahmid, who have five children together, pleaded guilty to three breaches of gas safety failings at a previous court hearing.