A Norwich landlord has been sent to prison for failing to maintain gas appliances at a rental property and repeatedly failing to provide tenants with a Landlords Gas Safety Certificate.
Magistrates at Norwich Magistrates Court heard how HSE and Gas safe inspectors inspected a property at Kings Lynn. The joint inspection was carried out in 2017. The inspectors found a gas oven to be ‘at risk’ and the gas central heating boiler to be unsafe to use.
The subsequent HSE investigation found the landlord, Mr Steven Ladell, had failed in his duty to have the gas appliances regularly inspected or maintained. The landlord had also failed to provide the tenants a Landlords Gas Safety Certificate for a number of years.
Mr Ladell had failed comply with his legal obligations as a landlord in respect of Gas safety.
In addition to the gas safety breaches, Mr Ladell had also failed to comply with an improvement notice issued on 13 July 2017 which he was required to take action to deal with the same breaches. Mr Ladell wantonly ignored all the processes for him to comply with his legal obligations as a landlord.
Mr Steven Ladell from Blackburn, pleaded guilty to various breaching levied against him. He received a 20-week custodial sentence, suspended for two years, was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid community work and to pay full costs of £4,146.34.
After Mr Ladell’s sentencing HSE inspector Paul Unwin said: “Landlords must ensure gas appliances at their tenanted properties are checked by a Gas Safe Register engineer at least every 12 months, and are maintained in a safe condition.
“HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards”