Landlord handed custodial sentence and £4,000 bill for gas safety offences

PUBLISHED: 13:25 15 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:25 15 September 2018

Steven Ladell appeared in Norwich Magistrates' Court.  Picture: Archant Library

Steven Ladell appeared in Norwich Magistrates' Court. Picture: Archant Library

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A landlord was handed a custodial sentence and £4,000 bill after he pleaded guilty to gas safety offences.

Steven Ladell, of Great Harwood, Blackburn, failed to maintain gas appliances and repeatedly failed to provide tenants in a King’s Lynn property with a landlord’s gas safety certificate.

On Thursday, August 23, Norwich Magistrates’ Court heard how inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Gas Safe Register inspected the property in 2017 where they found a gas oven to be at risk and the gas central heating boiler to be unsafe to use.

The property was originally inspected by the housing standards team at West Norfolk council following a complaint from a tenant of a faulty gas boiler and gas oven.

Both were found to be in a poor state of repair and considered unsafe, and no documentation was available from the landlord to demonstrate routine safety checks and servicing were being carried out.

The HSE investigation found Ladell had failed to have the gas appliances regularly inspected or maintained and failed to provide a landlord’s gas safety certificate for a number of years.

He also failed to comply with an improvement notice issued on July 13, 2017, which required he take action to deal with these issues.

Ladell admitted the offences and was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid community work and to pay full costs of £4,146.34.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Paul Unwin said: “HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

Councillor Adrian Lawrence said: “The various regulations concerning the private rented sector are there to ensure tenants’ safety in their homes.

“This case very clearly demonstrates the seriousness of the breaches and is a reminder to private sector landlords of their obligation to ensure gas appliances they provide are checked and inspected on an annual basis.

“A copy of the landlord’s gas safety certificate should be handed to the tenant and copies kept for a minimum of two years.”

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