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Landlord sentenced after illegally installing gas boiler

While there are a lot of very good landlords out there, there are a few who put saving money ahead of the wellbeing of their tenants. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) had another successful prosecution against a Landlord, who had taken upon himself to illegally install a new gas boiler in his rented property in Ilfracombe.

Back in September 2016, landlord Allan King decided to replace a boiler himself. Despite having no formal training or accreditations, Mr King turned his hand to a DIY install. Unsurprisingly, the boiler developed a number of faults, and so a month later, a properly qualified, Gas Safe engineer was called in to examine the boiler.

Of course the engineer condemned the installation, isolated the dangerous appliance and informed the HSE. An investigation was launched. Unbelievably, Mr King had been warned by the HSE just two months before in July, to only use a Gas Safe registered engineer for work involving gas appliances.

At his court appearance, Allan King of Arcade Road, Ilfracombe, pleaded guilty to breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. King received a suspended sentence of nine months imprisonment suspended for 18 months, but was hit where it hurt the most with a fine of  £3,000, plus costs of £12,184.14.

HSE Inspector, Simon Jones, speaking after the hearing, said:

“Landlords have a legal duty to ensure that any gas work at their rented properties is only undertaken by a member of Gas Safe Register.”

“In this case, Mr King ignored previous warnings and undertook his own DIY gas work for which he had neither the competence nor credentials.”

”His actions were dangerous and put his tenants’ lives at risk.”

If you are a landlord and unsure of your obligations regarding gas appliances, you can find out more on the HSE website 

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