Suspended sentence for Lancashire landlord after fire safety failings
Posted 29/07/2016 by Macdonald Martin Ltd.
Mr Andrew Kennedy, a landlord from Preston, Lancashire, has avoided jail after putting his tenants’ lives at risk. He has been handed a 39-week custodial sentence, suspended for 18 months and order to complete 150 hours unpaid work after an investigation by the local council and fire service found numerous failings.
The two-storey mid-terraced house was occupied by 5 people and has been described as a ‘death trap’ flat without satisfactory fire safety provisions. Officers found serious fire safety breaches including inadequate fire separation and means of escape from the attic, the only option was a removable ladder through the hatch. There were also no alarms in the property making it a constant danger to the residents.
Judge Robert Altham described Mr Kennedy as “greedy and selfish” after finding that he had been issued with a prohibition notice, but continued to let out the property. Tony Crook, of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “I hope this case shows that people who have responsibilities to meet fire safety obligations but fail to do so face very severe penalties – not just financial but, as in this example, potentially a custodial sentence as well.”