Landlord Responsibilities

Landlord fined for Gas Safety Failures

A recent case shows the importance of Landlord’s obligations when managing a property.

The Landlord was fined £11,000, plus costs of £880, for allowing a gas boiler in the home he was renting out to tenants to become dangerous and put the tenant’s lives at risk.

After several failed attempts from the Council to obtain a gas safety certificate from the Landlord, an Improvement Notice was then served on the Landlord requiring him to undertake the boiler check and maintenance. However, this was also ignored.

Only when one of the tenants in the building called a gas engineer were serious problems with their boiler discovered, this was deemed ‘immediately dangerous’ by the Gas Safe registered engineer and could have caused an immediate danger to life or property.

The obligations imposed on a Landlord are important and the appropriate safety procedures must be adhered to.

If you are thinking of investing in property, or you already own property, and you require advice on your duties and obligations, please contact a member of our property department.

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