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Landlord given suspended prison sentence over gas failings

A landlord in Durham has been given a suspended prison sentence having failed to check or maintain the gas fittings in one of his tenanted…

A landlord in Durham has been given a suspended prison sentence having failed to check or maintain the gas fittings in one of his tenanted properties.

A gas fire with a back boiler was found to be immediately dangerous following examination by the HSE. The appliance was leaking deadly carbon monoxide into the ground floor sitting room. Windows were sealed shut and wall ventilation grills had been blocked for a considerable time which exposed the tenant to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

The landlord pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 36(2) of the Gas Safety Installation and Use Regulations 1998 and was sentenced to a 26 week prison sentence, suspended for 24 months with £1904.02 costs by Teesside Magistrates’ Court.

You can find out more about this case on the HSE website.