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Tenants in court after declining gas safety check

Two council tenants have been summoned to court after refusing to allow inspectors into their homes to check their meters, Swindon Advertiser has reported.

Amanda Chubb, 35, of Staverton Way, and Lianne Hodges, 34, of Odstock Road, were summoned to Swindon County Court for failing to allow a visit despite repeated letters and visits. They have been ordered to pay court fees of £280.

Swindon Council reminded all tenants that gas safety checks were vital and they must allow officers in to carry out inspections after the tenants were ordered to allow inspectors access after repeated refusals to cooperate.

Under Regulation 38 of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations, the council is required to carry out annual inspections and tests on all of the 9,000 domestic gas appliances in its rentable properties.

While there is a legal obligation to carry out the checks, the council said there was also a safety risk if gas appliances were not regularly checked as faulty equipment could lead to a carbon monoxide leak.

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