Landlord fined over £6,000 after fire safety breaches

Posted 25/01/2016 by Macdonald Martin Ltd.

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A Derbyshire landlord has been fined over £6000 after an inspection by Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service revealed a number of fire safety breaches.

John Mark Cashin rented the property off the owner, then he put the property up for sub-let for four individuals. He did this without addressing fire safety improvements which are required by law for a house with multiple occupation. Multiple occupation houses are assessed for fire safety compliance by Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service inspectors working with the local Authority Housing Inspectors. Mr Cashin pleaded not guilty to found offences and guilty to a fifth offence from the Buxton Magistrates’ Court. All the offences were under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. He was orders to pay £1,000 for the fine for the five offences, £5,000 costs plus a victim surcharge of £52. The total fine was £6052.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service found that a landlord has breached a number of fire safety procedures:

  • An apparent lack of a fire risk assessment, inadequate fire detection and alarm system – with several smoke alarms being found in a kitchen drawer.
  • No provision for self-closing bedroom doors – the doors themselves being inadequate.
  • A lack of window escapes from the first floor.
  • No provision of portable firefighting equipment.
  • The fire alarm system and emergency lighting had not been adequately tested or maintained.

Phil Mitchell, Group Manager at Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, said “When people rent a bedsit, or rooms in a property with other tenants, they should expect to be able to safely leave the property in an emergency situation. To enable this suitable fire alarm system must be present along with access to an emergency exit that can be accessed and safely used. Landlords should recognise that they have a legal – responsibility to ensure that any facilities they provide for their tenants have a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment in place and that it is reviewed regularly.”

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