Landlord sentenced to imprisonment for putting tenants’ lives at risk


A landlord from Plymouth, Lokendra Kumar Khadka of Albert Road, Plymouth was sentenced on 13 August 2018 at Plymouth Crown Court to 15 months’ imprisonment suspended for two years and ordered to pay costs of £4,904.


The Court heard that Mr Khadka had failed to ever have gas appliances checked for safety at his rental property. Further, he had arranged for a person to make alterations to a gas boiler flue and that person had left it in an extremely dangerous state.

Lessons

This case highlights the importance of appreciating and complying with your responsibilities as a landlord under the health and safety legislation.

Even if no one gets hurt, non-compliance with health and safety laws can lead to significant fines and even imprisonment.

Health and Safety: the basics

Health and safety laws apply to all businesses. As an employer, or a self-employed person, you are responsible for health and safety of persons involved in, or affected by, your business. This includes your employees, sub-contractors, tenants and members of the public. The approach you take should be proportionate to the size of your business and the nature of your business activity.

Managing health and safety does not have to be complicated, costly or time-consuming. If you have taken reasonable steps to prevent accidents or harm to your tenants and/or employees and any relevant third parties, you should not be liable to enforcement action by the regulator or have to pay compensation in a civil claim.

Experts in health and safety law

At Deo Volente Solicitors we have specialist knowledge in health and safety legislation.

If you have been invited to attend a formal interview or have received a court summons in relation to health and safety offences, it is very important to seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity. In our experience, early legal advice and intervention can help avoid prosecution altogether.

Our friendly and highly professional team will carry out a thorough analysis of your case, collate the best evidence possible in support of your defence and identify and exploit various avenues of defending your case and not just the most obvious.

To discuss your case with a specialist Regulatory Solicitor call Nastassia Khilkevich on 01234 673 400 or email n.khilkevich@dvsolicitors.com to arrange a free initial consultation about your case.

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