Luton ‘rogue landlord project’ discovers fire safety breaches
Posted 09/06/2016 by Macdonald Martin Ltd.
After a raid in Luton, Bedfordshire, by police and the local council found that people in five houses of multiple occupation (HMO) and outbuildings were found to be living in dangerous conditions. Not one of the premises had adequate protection in the case of a fire.
Luton Borough Council’s Rogue Landlord Project works with Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue service to make sure that housing in the area is of a good standard. As well as ensuring houses of multiple occupation are well managed, the team addresses issues such as sub-standard premises being used as living accommodation without the relevant permission, on example would be ‘beds in sheds’.
Some of the properties on Biscot Road didn’t have the correct licensing and were of unlicensed construction.
Councillor Tom Shaw, the portfolio holder for housing said, “The Rogue Landlord Project is an integral part of ensuring that private housing in Luton is of a good standard. If an HMO is poorly managed, tenant’s safety could be at risk. “We’re committed to ensuring that rogue landlords are identified and are made to improve the property or face prosecution.”
Robin Porter, the council’s corporate director, commented, “This case underlines the ongoing commitment to ensuring private tenants in our town have safe, high quality accommodation. “Unscrupulous landlords are not only taking financial advantage of vulnerable tenants, but placing their lives in danger.”
John Foolkes, head of community safety and area commander for Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, also added, “The fire and rescue service’s job is not only to put fires out but to prevent them and their tragic consequences. Working with Luton Borough Council in the Rogue Landlord Scheme helps ensure people who rent a property in Luton are properly protected.”
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