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Suspended jail sentence after failing to maintain gas appliances

A landlord from Cornwall has been fined after failing to maintain gas appliances at his rental properties in Launceston.

Truro Crown Court heard how gas appliances in the two properties went unmaintained and were not inspected by a registered Gas Safe Register engineer.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found the landlord, David Bush, failed to obtain Landlord Gas Safety Records after May 2014. It was also found that the appliances had not been serviced for at least four years.

Bush, himself a resident in Launceston, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 36 (2)(a) and 36 (3)(a) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, and Regulation 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. 

He has been given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for 24 months, fined £5,000, and ordered to pay costs of £5,524.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Simon Jones said: “Mr Bush put the residents and other members of the public at risk of harm by failing to maintain gas appliances in the domestic property. Landlords must ensure they obtain a Landlord’s Gas Safety Record and maintain all gas appliances in accordance with the law.”

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