Suspended sentence and £10,000 in costs for fire safety breeches by landlord

An investigation followed a fire at a house of multiple occupation in Hayes, West London in March 2009.  Landlord, Mr Inderjit Singh, was found guilty of four breeches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. He was ordered to pay a total of £10,000 in costs and was given a six month sentence to be served concurrently for each of the four charges, suspended for 18 months.

The investigation showed that for a period of nine months prior to the incident Mr Singh had been contacted by Hillingdon Council with regards to general improvements required at the property and also with regards to fire safety. The property had no alarms fitted to communal areas and no risk assessment had been carried out.

Steve Turek, assistant commissioner for fire safety regulations said “Mr Singh was given plenty of time to improve fire safety inside the property but failed to comply. ” He also stated that the London Fire Brigade work very hard to ensure that landlords comply with current legislation and in cases where improvements are not made they will result in prosecution.

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