A landlord of a property in Torquay has been find £8,000 and ordered to pay £3,686.50 costs following an HSE prosecution. HSE began inquiries following a report to them from a tenant regarding the lack of a gas safety certificate for the property.

During the investigation it became apparent that Torbay Council had been asking for a copy of a landlord’s gas safety record for the property since 2008 but that thelandlord had never sent them a copy.

In 2011 HSE requested a copy of the landlord’s gas safety record from Mr Marshall but he did not send a copy. In 2012 he had a new gas boiler installed at the property partly funded by Torbay Council and a landlord’s gas safety check should then have taken place in 2013 but no copy of the inspection record was provided to prove that this check had taken place.

HSE Inspector, Simon Jones, speaking after the hearing, said: “Landlords have a legal duty to carry out annual gas safety checks which are there to protect their tenants from death or injury.

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