A mother and her young son were put at risk of suffering carbon monoxide poisoning for seven years at their home in Ashton-under-Lyne, Trafford Magistrates’ Court has heard.

The woman’s landlord, Rent4U Ltd, of Manchester, was prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after an inspection of the gas boiler at her home found it was in a condition classified as ‘immediately dangerous’.

The court heard that the firm failed to arrange an annual gas safety check at the terraced house on Marlborough Street between 2007 and 2014. Rent4U had also previously been served with two Improvement Notices by HSE in 2013 after failing to arrange annual gas safety checks at two other properties.

Rent4U Ltd, of Christie Way, Christie Fields, Manchester, was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £7,000 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to two breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.