Landlord given custodial sentence for gas safety offences

A landlord in Blackburn, Lancashire has been sentenced and fined for failing to maintain gas appliances at one of his rental properties and for repeatedly failing to provide tenants with a Landlords Gas Safety Certificate.


The sentencing took place at Norwich Magistrates Court where prosecutors heard how inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Gas Safety Register inspected a property in Kings Lynn, Norfolk in 2017 where they found a gas oven to be at risk, as well as finding that the gas central heating boiler was unsafe to use.


The HSE launched an investigation where they found that the landlord, Steven Ladell, had failed in his duty to have the gas appliances regularly inspected and maintained, as well as failing to provide a Landlords Gas Safety Certificate for a number of years. Mr Ladell was legally required to carry out these responsibilities as a landlord but failed in his duties. In addition, Mr Steven Ladell failed to comply with an Improvement Notice issued on 13thJuly 2017 which stated that he was required to deal with these issues.


Mr Ladell of Great Harwood, Blackburn pled guilty to breaching section 21 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, as well as breaching Regulation 36 (2) and Regulation 36 (3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.


As a result of breaching these regulations, Mr Ladell received a 20-week custodial sentence, he was suspended for 2 years, was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid community work and finally to pay costs of £4,146.34.


Speaking after the 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”