London Fire Brigade have successfully prosecuted two landlords for breaching fire safety regulations in one of their houses that had been converted into bedsits.
After a fire had broken out at the premises, inspectors found that the landlords were guilty of a number of breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The landlords were informed of the breaches, which included inadequate fire detection, absence of emergency lighting along the stairway, absence of proper fire doors to bedrooms and communal kitchen as well as inadequate provision of fire extinguishers and fire blankets and no fire risk assessment available.
The landlords failed to complete work that had been requested of them to rectify the breaches of the legislation. This resulted in a prosecution being brought against them. The two landlords have been sentenced to six months imprisonment and ordered to pay £5000 costs each.
This case should remind landlords of their responsibilities and of the consequences of not ensuring that the rented accommodation that they own complies with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
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