Press Releases Kent Fire and Rescue Service – 17/06/2009
Two landlords of bedsit accommodation in north London have been sentenced to six months’ imprisonment and ordered to pay £5000 costs each for breaching fire safety legislation. The prosecution followed a fire on 31 March 2007 at a house converted into bedsits on Hampden Road, London N8.
Michael de Havilland and Sally Fox of Muswell Hill were sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday 12 June, after previously pleading guilty to several breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
These included inadequate fire detection systems, a lack of proper fire doors for bedrooms or for the communal kitchen, no emergency lighting in the building’s stairway, a lack of firefighting equipment such as a fire extinguisher or fire blankets, and no fire risk assessment available for inspection.
A further inspection was arranged where an enforcement notice was issued, explaining that the breaches needed to be dealt with. But after further contact with the co-owners and further inspections over a number of months, inspecting officers found that no remedial work had been completed.
“This is our second prosecution resulting in a custodial sentence and again sends out a strong message to landlords and building owners,” said Brian Coleman, chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority. “Our role is to keep Londoners safe, and where we see that you are not taking your legal fire safety responsibilities seriously, we will take action.”
Landlord fined for breaching fire safety laws
Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) has successfully prosecuted a Cliftonville landlord for failing to ensure adequate fire safety measures were in place.
Jawid Sied of Northdown Road, appeared at Margate Magistrates Court today (18 June) following the issue of an Article 31 – prohibition of use of the premises notice – in October 2007. It related to his use of a property at Northdown Road as a house of multiple occupancy (HMO) without suitable and sufficient fire safety measures, and his failure to comply with the requirements of the notice.
Mr Sied pleaded guilty to contravening Article 31 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and was ordered to pay a total of £1550.
KFRS’s Head of Technical Fire Safety, John Pereira said: “We welcome the size of the penalty as this sends a message to housing landlords across the county that they must take fire safety seriously or we will prosecute them. We are currently working with Mr Sied to ensure the property in question is brought up to the required standards.”