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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have fined a landlord in Bedford £265 and costs of £845 after a defective gas hob was found at the rental property.
In February this year the tenants felt unwell and called the gas helpline. when an engineer arrived the property’s gas supply was stopped after carbon monoxide was found to be present and the tenants were advised to immediately go to hospital.
The defective gas hob was capped off by British Gas as an immediate danger.
Prosecuting, the HSE told Luton Magistrates’ Court that the landlord had a gas hob, gas cooker and boiler under contract from a gas provider. However, he did not have the hob gas safety checked in January 2015, as required by law.
HSE told the court that “landlords must ensure all gas appliances are not only checked for safety, but maintained in a safe condition.”
As a landlord, you are legally responsible for the safety of your tenants in relation to gas safety. By law you must:
- Repair and maintain gas pipework, flues and appliances in safe condition
- Ensure an annual gas safety check on each appliance and flue
- Keep a record of each safety check
- You should also keep your tenants informed about their responsibilities while they are staying in your property.
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