Liverpool landlord charged for successive fire safety breaches

Posted 25/07/2016 by Macdonald Martin Ltd.

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A landlord is due to be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court in the following week after he plead guilty to seven charges regarding breaches in fire safety regulations.

Mr Timothy Reynolds is charged after Lancashire Fire and Rescue Services carried out two separate inspections on properties in Ormskirk which were under his management. The first visit came after the fire alarm was activated leading to fire safety officers discovering occupants to be living on the first floor of a former gym. The second inspection was carried out on a disused pub by fire officers and West Lancashire Council’s private sector housing officers in November 2015.

Both inspections found serious breaches of fire safety regulations including:

  • Inadequate emergency lighting
  • Inadequate fire protection and combustible materials in escape routes
  • Locked doors on exit routes
  • Excessive distances on means of escape
  • Lack of a suitable fire detection system
  • Inadequate firefighting equipment
  • Unlicensed house of multiple occupation

Even after being issued with a probation notice, Mr Reynolds failed to comply. He has been issued with a fine of £1,600, which was reduced following his guilty plea, and ordered to pay costs of £1,552.50 plus a victim surcharge of £120.

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