Brixton landlod sentenced for ignoring fire safety

Posted 17/05/2016 by Macdonald Martin Ltd.

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The leaseholder of a food and wine shop with a flat above it in Brixton has been given a two month-suspended prison sentence after admitting to four fire safety offences, including the lack of a fire risk assessment and poor fire detection.

Inspectors from London Fire Brigade visited the property in 2013. They found a number of different safety issues which included; insufficient fire resistance between the residential accommodation and the means of escape from the flat, no evidence of an emergency escape plan or fire risk assessment and inadequate fire detection. After the inspection, they said that the concerns posed an ‘imminent risk of serious personal injury’.

Mr Arunthavachelvan Jehatheepan, the owner of the property, was also told to complete 100 hours of unpaid community service ordered to pay £8000 legal costs. After the safety issues were reported to Mr Jehatheepan, he immediately issued a notice to the occupants, as the property would not be safe to live in.

However, following a later visit, the LFB again found that people were sleeping in the flat even though it was too dangerous to be a residential property.

After the sentence hearing Dan Daly, Assistant Commissioner for Safety, said: “The accommodation above this shop could have put people’s lives at risk. If a fire had broken out anyone living and sleeping there would not have been able to safely escape. Those responsible for buildings have a clear legal responsibility to ensure that the people living and working there are safe from fire.

“In this case, not only were those responsibilities being flouted before we visited the premises, the leaseholder continued to ignore them even after we had carried out our safety inspection.

“This case also demonstrates the proactive and professional work of our fire safety inspecting officers in seeking to identify and improve fire safety across London.”

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