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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A gassy tale for landlords

Tis the season to be jolly. It's also that time of year when gas engineers are impossible to get hold of. ( unless you've got a service contract )

I thought this story might act as a seasonal warning to any desperate landlords tempted to get that spanner out for any gas emergencies this holiday.

'Don't ever be tempted to fiddle with gas repairs' ; underlined, and with bells on.

A Gassy Tale

Landlord, Paul Perry has just been found guilty at Plymouth Crown Court of making repairs to a gas pipe leading to a cooker at one of his rental properties without having any training or safety certificate.

The court heard how this misguided landlord's botched repairs caused a gas leak which was thankfully identified before any harm was done.

A qualified engineer identified the fault and reported the landlord's handiwork to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Following an investigation it was discovered that Paul Perry had not had an annual gas safety certificates carried out on the property for seven years.

Perry was handed a sentence of 10 months in prison, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to pay £4,000 in costs.

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