Fire Safety Prosecution

15 Nov ‘Dispicable’ Yorkshire landlord fined for fire safety failures

Gary Fixter, a landlord from Yorkshire, has been handed a fine of £24,000 and ordered to pay a further £18,000 in costs after breaching various housing and fire safety rules. Mr Fixter was prosecuted by the local council and branded ‘despicable’ by a local councillor after he was found guilty.

Mr Fixter was found to have breached 18 rules in total, including: failure to ensure that there was suitable fire detection within the building, failure to ensure that internal doors within the property were adequately maintained and failure to routinely test the fire alarm.

Councillor Bill Chatt, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Public Health and Housing said: “I am pleased but sadly not surprised with the result of this prosecution, given the sheer weight of evidence, some in the form of very telling images, which was presented to the magistrates. Any landlord who gets prosecuted for this kind of thing is despicable and I stand by what I said in our full council meeting this week; bad landlords deserve everything they get.”

Scarborough Borough Council Housing Manager added: “This property is one of the worst we have seen within our borough for many years. As a landlord, Mr Fixter has shown scant regard for the well-being or health and safety of his tenants, many of whom are vulnerable. “The property has been left to fall into a filthy and dangerous condition. Essential repairs have not been undertaken and fire safety has been compromised. “It is not acceptable that rogue landlords should exploit vulnerable people in this way and we shall not hesitate to take firm legal action when cases like this one arise.”

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Emma Trafford
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