A landlord put the lives of tenants at risk after carrying out illegal gas work on a block of flats.
Vispasp Sarkari, of Harrow, North London, was fined £10,000 and given a 12 months suspended jail sentence after working on a boiler that provided heat and hot water to five flats in a block he owned in Wembley, North London.
The poor workmanship was discovered after a tenant complained Sarkari was tampering with the gas supply in one of the flats.
When the inspection team called, Sarkari was working on the boiler.
Sarkari admitted breaking gas safety regulations at Southwark Crown Court.
Besides the fine and suspended prison sentence, he was ordered to carry out 150 hours of community work and to pay costs of £9,978.
Gas safety regulations say that only qualified engineers can work on gas appliances.
Another landlord was fined £1,000 for letting a mum and her children aged eight, six and three months live in an unsafe house with no heating and draughty windows.
Kieron Munnelly from Derbyshire pleaded guilty by post to failing to repair the property in Darlington.
He was also ordered to pay £500 costs.
Landlord Darren Avey, 49, of Holtby, Yorkshire, appealed a £10,000 fine for letting out a house in multiple occupation without a licence.
The nine-roomed home earned him £3,600 in rents.
York Crown Court decided that his argument that the level of fine was not in proportion to the profits he made was not valid.
The court told him the fine depended on the level of the offence and not his income.
A German court has ruled a landlord cannot claim damages against a male tenant who liked to pee standing up.
The landlord claimed damages of £1,420 for repairing a marble floor because the tenant allegedly missed his aim and urinated on the floor.
The Dusseldorf court rejected the claim saying “despite the increasing domestication of men in this context, urinating standing up is still common practice.”
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