Suspended prison sentence for landlords in breach of gas safety regulations
A husband and wife have been issued suspended prison sentences after their rental property was found to be in breach of gas safety regulations.
Fahrat Basharat and Waheed Ahmid pleaded guilty to letting out a home with unsafe gas appliances and were ordered to serve a combined 350 hours in community service between them. Basharat must complete 200 hours and Ahmid 150. They will also have to pay £7,500 in legal costs.
Thestar.co.uk reports that the couple had put the lives of the Latvian family staying in their Sheffield home at risk. District Judge Antony Brown said that he hoped that the punishment would send a message out to landlords trying to get away without purchasing a gas safety certificate.
In an interview with hse.gov.uk, Gas Safe Register chief executive, Paul Johnston, echoed this message.
He said: "Some landlords may think that failing to do an annual check on gas appliances or having a landlords' gas safety record isn't that important, or may save them some money. What they fail to realise is that these checks are legal requirements and are in place to save lives.
"If you are a landlord, make sure you stay on the right side of the law when it comes to gas and always use a Gas Safe registered engineer."