Landlord gets suspended sentence
A London landlord has been given a suspended sentence after admitting to gas safety breaches.
In a hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court last week, Duran Akbulut pleaded guilty to breaching gas safety regulations. He was issued with an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.
Mr Akbulut was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80 and contribute £300 towards Health and Safety Executive (HSE) costs.
"It is the duty of landlords to ensure gas safety checks are carried out to protect tenants from the fatal risk of carbon monoxide poisoning," said HSE inspector Neil Fry.
Mr Akbulut failed to ensure that a gas boiler in one of his rented properties was checked by a qualified engineer. The tenant then raised the alarm and complained to HSE.