A landlord has been fined £10,000 for failing to carry out gas safety checks.

Rashid Hussain was prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after he ignored repeated warnings to arrange an annual visit by a registered gas engineer to a property in Longshaw Lane, Blackburn.

Blackburn Magistrates’ Court heard Hussain had provided proof to his tenant when he first rented the property in September 2008. But he failed to get a registered gas engineer to carry out another check a year later.

Hussain was served with an Improvement Notice by the HSE in November 2010, requiring him to arrange an inspection within 21 days, but he failed to act on this.

The landlord admitted breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. He was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £8,000 in prosecution cost.

The court was told that Hussain had also been prosecuted by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council in 2011 for two other offences at the same address