Landlord 'ignored improvement notice'
Posted by Jason Nicholls.
A Doncaster landlord has been fined for failing to ensure a safety check was carried out at a property he managed, highlighting the importance of safety signage.
Michael J Smith put a tenant at risk by failing to maintain gas appliances, not getting them safety-checked within 12 months, and by not giving his tenant the necessary Landlord's Gas Safety Record for the property in Conisbrough, Doncaster Magistrates' Court heard.
When Mr Smith was served with an Improvement Notice by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) requiring him to undertake the safety check, he ignored it.
The landlord was fined £400 and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Mark Welsh said Mr Smith had "blatantly disregarded" a law that is designed to protect tenants from the potentially fatal effects of carbon monoxide.
"He chose to put his tenant at risk and failed to take action even when given ample opportunity to do so when given an Improvement Notice saying exactly what needed to be done and when," he said.
By law, landlords must make sure gas appliances in their properties are maintained, have a gas safety check carried out every 12 months by a registered Gas Safe engineer and give tenants a copy of the current Landlord Gas Safety Record.
In January, a landlord in Bradford was fined for putting tenants' lives at risk, partly because of missing fire safety signs at a student property he managed.
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