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    GAS SAFETY PROSECUTION

    Landlord to pay hefty fine and costs for gas safety offences

    HSE is warning tenants and landlords about potentially unsafe unsafe gas installations in tenanted properties. This warning follows legal proceedings in which Shahid Hussain was been fined £40k and ordered to pay over £44k in prosecution costs by Stafford Crown Court. The court stipulated that Hussain must pay the fine by 31st January, 2010 or face a prison sentence of 18 months.

    The Court heard that Mr Shahid Hussain was managing a business letting 12 properties, of which nine had gas appliances fitted. Subsequent checks on the properties managed or owned by Hussain found that only two had current Landlord Gas Safety Certificates and a number of appliances were classified as either ‘Immediately Dangerous’ or ‘At Risk,’ putting tenants at risk of death due to exposure to carbon monoxide fumes or gas explosions.

    HSE investigating inspector, Christia Killen, said: ” The landlord had chosen to ignore the need for safety checks and the provision of gas safety certificates and Mr Hussain’s failure to manage the gas appliances in his properties put at least 18 tenants at risk from both carbon monoxide poisoning and gas explosion over a significant period of time and the youngest of those at risk was only six months old.”

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