Landlord slapped with heavy fine – No fire alarms or escape notices at property

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A Birmingham landlord has been handed fines totalling £19,418 after it was found an HMO under his ownership had no fire alarms or display notices indicating escape routes. The owner, Mr Amrik Singh Gill, had also failed to apply for an HMO licence and ensure that there were adequate water and drainage systems. Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for neighbourhood…

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Ex-fireman who rented out ‘fire hazard’ flats apologises but says he’s no rogue landlord

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An ex-fireman fined for renting out flats that were fire hazards today admitted the buck stopped with him – but claimed: “I’m no rogue landlord.” Adrian Webb and wife Lynn were accused of putting tenants’ lives at risk after renting out flats in a converted house in Rice Lane, Walton, that Liverpool council said had no fire alarms or fire…

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Plumber fined after causing explosion at domestic property

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A self-employed plumber has been fined for safety failings that led to an explosion at a domestic property in Cambrian Way, Haslingden. Burnley Magistrates’ Court heard how, in May 2014, Lee Barrett failed to put in place the appropriate safety devices when removing an existing water tank for a loft conversion. He had, effectively, created a closed water system combined…

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New research shows students at risk in rented accommodation

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New research, commissioned by safety charity Electrical Safety First, suggests that landlords and letting agents may be putting their student tenants’ lives at risk, by failing to fix serious safety hazards. CFOA is concerned at the findings of the research, which found that many landlords and letting agents ignored safety concerns reported to them, such as exposed wiring, repeatedly tripping…

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Landlord reprimanded for second time in a year for breach of H&S Regulations

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A landlord in Oxford has been reprimanded for a second time within the space of a year over the safety conditions of property under his ownership. Mr Jeffeth Juniour Latchman admitted seven charges in court, receiving fines totalling £7500. An inspection at one property uncovered a number of fire safety breaches, such as the absence of smoke detectors and obstructions…

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Hotel owner jailed over fire safety breaches

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The owner of a hotel in Paignton, Devon, was handed a jail sentence after admitting seven breaches of fire safety rules. Mr David Schofield was given a six month sentence, suspended for two years, at Essex Crown Court this week. The failings were uncovered after a false fire alert brought the property to the attention of inspectors. Guests at the…

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A responsibility for fire safety

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David Smith, Export Manager and FIRESA Council Secretary at the Fire Industry Association explains the Fire Safety Order and asks if you know who is legally responsible for fire protection in your premises? The Regulatory Reform [Fire Safety] Order, usually referred to as simply the Fire Safety Order [FSO], was enacted in England and Wales in October 2006 with comparative…

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