Cornwall landlord fined £2,000 for fire safety hazards

Posted 14/03/2016 by Macdonald Martin Ltd.

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Mr Mohammed Habibur Rahman, a Cornwall landlord, has been fined £2000 after Cornwall Council’s Private Sector Housing Team inspectors found fire safety issues within the property, including:

  • Dangerous fire escape routes
  • Sub-standard fire doors in place with locks on the inside and clasp like locks on the outside
  • Commercial freezers blocking fire escape route
  • Staircase at the rear of the building in inadequately maintained and has no anti slip treads

The fire escape routes’ improvements were not made after being served 2 improvement notices. At Truro Magistrates Court, Mohammed pleaded guilty to failing to two comply with the requirements of improvement notices.

Stuart Kenny, part of the Cornwall Council’s Private Sector Housing team, said “The council’s Private Sector Housing Teams have identified a number of substandard dwellings occupied by workers of restaurant and takeaway establishments and been involved in a range of enforcement interventions. The council works in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police and Immigration Enforcement to identify and improve such dwellings and where appropriate, the council will prosecute when landlords are non-compliant with housing legislation.”

Cornwall Council cabinet member of Housing and Environment, Joyce Duffin, said “This case highlights that there are still some landlords who are not fulfilling their legal obligation to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their tenants. The council will make every effort to advise, educate and work with landlords but those who plead ignorance or fail in their obligations can rest assured that the council will make every effort to bring them to book.”

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