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Posted on February 3rd 2015 by admin-movingin

Suspended sentence for gas work landlord

A landlord has been given a suspended jail sentence and fined £10,000 for putting his tenants’ lives in danger by carrying out illegal gas work at the flats he let out.

Vispasp Sarkari of Harrow north London, who rented out five flats in a block in nearby Wembley, was charged with a serious safety breach after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive.

Southwark Crown Court heard that Sakari was caught “red-handed” back in August  2013, carrying out work on a boiler by a visiting National Grid engineer. It followed a complaint that the landlord was working on gas fittings in a flat that was home to a family with children.

The HSE found evidence that Sarkari had carried out illegal gas work at the block of flats on a number of occasions, despite the fact he was not Gas Safe registered. 

On the day of the visit by the National Grid, Sarkari was working with another person and there was no evidence he was registered with Gas Safe.

The court was told that it was only by being registered with the accreditation body Gas Safe that an individual or firm was legally entitled to undertake any work on gas fittings.

Sarkari was sentenced to 12 months’ prison, suspended for two years, 150 hours’ unpaid community work and fined £10,000, as well as being ordered to pay £9,978 in costs after admitting breaching the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations.