The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham has been prosecuted for failing to arrange tenants annual safety checks on gas appliances.
Swain & Co.’s specialist housing solicitors says that the local authority as a landlord is required by law to arrange checks to arrange annual checks by Gas Safe registered engineers and to maintain gas safety records for all their properties that they provide in a their capacity as a landlord.
After a tenant at Stewarts Lodge, a multi-occupancy emergency hostel, complained that a gas safety certificate was not available, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated. They found that the gas safety record for the property, which had several gas cookers, expired 15 months previously.
HSE then asked the local authority to provide a ‘lapse table’ for other properties where annual checks had slipped and were given a list of 297 of these. 20 were subsequently investigated and found to all have gas cookers and boilers that required 12 monthly safety checks.
Our personal injury lawyers say that carbon monoxide can kill quickly and without warning. Approximately 20 people a year die from carbon monoxide poisoning from gas appliances and flues that have not been properly installed, maintained or are poorly ventilated.
As a landlord the local authority is responsible for the safety of all tenants in relation to gas safety. Failing to do this, they could have potentially exposed tenants to additional potential risks of carbon monoxide poisoning.
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