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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

DIY landlord crosses the line

We like to encourage landlords to 'do it yourself', but there are some lines that should never be crossed.

One is fiddling around with gas without the proper training and certification - it's stupid, irresponsible, dangerous and illegal.

One over zealous 'DIYer' has been found guilty of crossing that particular 'stupid line'.

Torquay landlord, Raymond Williams admitted carrying out  his own annual gas safety checks at his rental properties.

The landlord was not a registered gas engineer.

He was found guilty by Torquay Magistrates Court of fraudulently filling out landlord’s gas safety certificates with fake Gas Safe Register numbers for two of his rental properties.

Williams, of Armada Crescent, Torquay was fined a total of £12,000 and ordered to pay £418 in costs after pleading guilty to four breaches of gas safety legislation.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Inspector Simon Jones commented: 

“Landlords must ensure checks are carried out by registered Gas Safe engineers who are independent and competent to do the work. Such checks are vital to protect tenants from death or injury caused by potentially dangerous gas appliances.”

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