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As a number of housing associations are placed on watchlists for breaching gas safety rules, Heather Spurr investigates how big a problem it is for providers

It’s a wake-up call to all of us,’ says David Montague, chief executive of 70,000-home L&Q. ‘I can guarantee every association is talking about gas safety right now.’ Mr Montague is discussing the regulatory problems some housing associations have encountered in recent months, due to the way they are monitoring gas safety in their housing […]

Landlord exposed ‘substantial’ number of tenants to gas safety risk

A 60,000-home landlord failed to carry out a ‘signficant number’ of gas safety checks exposing tenants to potential harm, the Homes and Communities Agency said.   In a regulatory notice today the HCA said Guinness Partnership has failed to meet its home standard and breached the ‘serious detriment’ threshold for intervention on consumer complaints.The regulator […]

A London landlord has been jailed for endangering his tenants after he illegally installed a boiler that he then repeatedly tried to fix after it developed a leak.

Harpal Singh, 53, attempted to repair his faulty handiwork at the Tottenham Hale property on three occasions before a concerned tenant phoned National Grid for help. A qualified technician then immediately disconnected the gas supply. A subsequent investigation revealed six faults with his installation, and clear evidence that he had failed to appoint a Gas Safe […]

Baxi issues Safety Alert for Potterton Powermax HE boilers

A Safety Alert has been issued by Baxi, in conjunction with Gas Safe, in response to a very small risk associated with Potterton Powermax HE boilers manufactured between 2001 and November 18 2005. Potterton Powermax HE boilers produced during this time were manufactured with an aluminium flue/condensate connector. Baxi’s continuous improvement programme has highlighted that, […]

Carbon monoxide alarm law toughened

Carbon monoxide alarms will have to be fitted when new boilers or gas appliances are installed in Scottish properties, under a change to the law. New building regulations will apply from October this year. The devices, which detect the presence of the so-called “silent killer”, will have to be installed when boilers, heaters, cookers and […]

Tradesman jailed for illegal Milton Keynes gas work

A Buckinghamshire tradesman has been jailed for nine months for illegally carrying out sub-standard gas work at a Milton Keynes home. Chris Johnson, of Milton Keynes, installed a boiler at a property on Armourer Drive that was dangerously defective because it was not properly connected to a flue. The heating fitter was prosecuted today (19 […]

Beko cooker grill defect warning on LPG models

A faulty Flavel cooker was responsible for the deaths of Richard Smith and Kevin Branton in Cornwall Hundreds more untraced cookers converted to LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) could contain a potentially lethal defect, manufacturer Beko says. The fault, responsible for eight deaths, was thought to apply to 13 models and affect 21,000 cookers, of which […]

Newport Council fined over faulty boiler

The Health and Safety Executive says Newport Council has been fined £20,000 after building work at a house exposed a woman and children to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. The HSE says the case was brought as a company paid by the council left a boiler in a “dangerous” condition. The hearing took place […]

Homes ‘standing empty’ because of bedroom tax

The shadow work and pensions secretary has claimed homes are being left empty because of the bedroom tax, and called for the controversial policy to be axed.   Speaking in parliament this week, Liam Byrne said three-bedroom homes ‘in places like the north east’ are being left vacant because the under-occupation penalty means families on […]