15 Feb Hull landlord fined for breaking fire safety law
Landlord and manager of tenanted flats in Pearson Park, West Hull, was fined £1,200 for failing to carry out his managerial duties as the owner of property. Mathew James was fined after the flats he was renting were found to be unsafe for inhabitants.
A number of serious faults were found in the properties by Hull City Council’s private housing environmental health service. Inadequate lighting for the internal fire escape and a poorly maintained automatic fire detection system were among the problems found.
The council had made numerous requests for remedial work to be carried out on the property. Hull Magistrates Court heard the council decided to prosecute James when the work was yet to be completed 27 days after the requests were made.
James pleaded guilty to two separate offences of failing to satisfy his managerial duties under Regulations 5 & 8 of the Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Additional Provisions) (England) Regulations 2007.
Councillor John Black, portfolio holder for housing infrastructure, said: ‘’We take our responsibilities very serious. We have a constructive working relationship with the local and national landlord associations and operate an Accredited Landlords Scheme.
Most of the city’s private sector landlords offer decent accommodation maintained to a reasonable standard, as for the others, I hope this prosecution will send out a message that they need to act within the law or face the consequences.’’
James was ordered to pay £739 to Hull City council along with a £60 victim surcharge.