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Pay up £20k or face one-year behind bars, guilty landlord told

A former landlord who admitted five breaches of the gas safety regulations has been ordered to pay £20,000 in fines and legal costs within 56 days or face a 12-month jail term.

Adrian Ellis had been scheduled to face court over the charges in 2006, however he failed to appear in court a warrant with bail was issued for him.

Mr Ellis was finally found and the warrant was served on him last month.

On 9 April in Colchester Magistrates’ Court, he pleaded guilty to breaching the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations.

He was fined:

  • £2,500 for carrying out work on a gas boiler without being competent to do so;
  • £2,000 for the same offence at a different property;
  • £3,300 for neglecting to ensure a gas boiler was maintained in a safe condition;
  • £2,000 for failing to ensure a record of any safety check in respect of a gas boiler was made and retained;
  • £1,000 for neglecting to ensure a copy of a safety check record was given to a tenant.

The court also ruled he pay costs of £8,700. It said that if did not pay the total sum within 56 days, he would face a one year prison sentence.

The Health and Safety Executive confirmed that Mr Ellis, who lived in Colchester at the time of the offences, does not currently let any properties.

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