Landlord fined over safety check

19 May 2014

A landlord from Blackburn has been fined for ignoring repeated warnings about arranging an annual gas safety check.

Samera Hussain failed to provide proof of a gas safety record for a house on Cumberland Street in the town.

There were four gas fires and one gas boiler in the property which, under UK law, should have been checked on an annual basis by a Gas Safe registered engineer. However, a gas engineer had only visited the property to carry out a safety check once in nearly two years.

Blackburn Council first wrote a letter to Mrs Hussain in October 2012 requesting proof of a gas safety check. The council and the Health and Safety Executive sent another four letters, while officials even visited a property where one of her relatives lived.

An Improvement Notice was issued on 30 April 2013 giving her 26 days to arrange a gas safety check but she failed to meet the deadline.

Mrs Hussain, of Shakeshaft Street in Blackburn, pleaded guilty to single breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. She was fined £260 and ordered to pay £207 in prosecution costs.

Copyright Press Association 2014

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