Preston landlord plead guilty to breaching the regulatory reform order 2005
Posted 24/06/2016 by Macdonald Martin Ltd.
Andrew Kennedy, who is the landlord of a property on Hawkshead Road, Penwortham, near Preston, ignored a prohibition notice and continued to let rooms despite it being unsafe to live in. There was no safety lighting or smoke alarms and inadequate means of escape.
The terraced house of multiple of occupation was continually advertised and Kennedy accepted lettings even though the notice had been put in place by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service. Since the notice had been issued in March 2015, local authority housing officers found that new tenants had moved in. Officers described the Mr Kennedy’s action as “a complete failure to prioritise the safety of potential tenants or to obey the lawful notice.”
A tenant raised concerns after being offered an unconverted attic room, with access being through a loft hatch and ladder. When fire officers visited the property, they found five people living at the property, including one in the dangerous attic space. They concluded that the breaches of the fire safety regulations meant there was a “serious and imminent risk to life” and issued the prohibition notice, which was displayed on the door of the premises.
Andrew pleaded guilty to five breaches of the Regulatory Reform Order 2005 when he appeared at Preston Crown Court.
Mr Kennedy is scheduled to be sentenced on 21 July. The Honorary Recorder of Preston, Judge Mark Brown, told him: “This is a serious case involving a number of failures to comply. “The court has the power to impose an immediate prison sentence.”
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