Landlord fined over £100,000 after fire safety breaches
Posted 19/05/2019 by Macdonald Martin Ltd.
The owners of a ten-flat property located in Barnet, London, have been served a huge fine of £120,000 plus additional £21,660 in costs following the discovery of a number of fire safety issues.
Both the leaseholders and landlords have been fined after it was found Mr Idris Raza, TISHK Limited and Hanasa Limited continued to house their tenants in the property even after the local council served them with a prohibition notice.
Issues were raised after Barnet Council’s Environmental Health Team inspected the property following tip off from a tenant. Numerous failings were found including broken ceiling panels, faulty corridor lighting as well as an accumulation of furniture at the top of the staircase which lead to and from the flats in essence blocking escape routes. These were noted in the prohibition notice with the court hearing that if a fire was to start in the property it could potentially cause around 10-20 people to lose their lives, indicating major problems regarding fire safety.
The owners were also found to be breaching the Houses in Multiple Occupation Regulations 2007 as well as failing to comply with the prohibition notice.
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