Rogue landlord who ‘faked gas safety certificates’ fined in Court
A UK landlord who ‘faked’ as many as four gas safety certificates has been ordered to pay a number of fines in Court.
Mr Tariq Hussain of Chingford, Essex, found himself facing prosecution before Thames Magistrates Court after it emerged that he had been using ‘false’ gas safety certificates.
The ‘rogue’ landlord, who owns some 30 properties in the borough, reportedly induced a gas safety engineer to falsify as many as four certificates – each of which was later presented to a tenant as ‘proof’ that the boiler in the home they were renting had been safety-tested.
In addition to this, the fraudulent documents had been presented to the local council in order for Mr Hussain to obtain property licences, the Court heard.
Facing prosecution, Mr Hussain pleaded guilty to four separate charges under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act.
The 57-year-old was fined a sum of £250 for each offence committed – on top of costs of £500 and a £100 victim surcharge.
Meanwhile, gas safety engineer Muhammad Waseem, who had falsified the documents for Mr Hussain, pleaded guilty to four charges under the Fraud Act at nearby Snaresbrook Crown Court and was also ordered to pay a number of penalties.
A spokesperson on behalf of the council described the rulings as “great results” for tenants in the area.
“If you are a landlord we expect you to meet basic obligations to ensure your tenants’ safety, and if you are not prepared to meet them we will find out and we will press for the maximum penalty available under the law,” he said.