West Midlands Fire Service said Daljit Singh blatantly disregarded its safety advice on numerous occasions.
Singh owned the Hop Pole Inn in Oxley Manor Road, Wolverhampton, and was regularly visited by fire inspectors over a two-year period.
But he repeatedly failed to remedy the safety breaches, despite a total of seven visits from fire safety officers, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.
Mr Mark Jackson, prosecuting, said Singh, aged 52, told inspectors ‘a string of lies’. He claimed that no one lived at the property when in reality there were six tenants upstairs.
He also used a false name and pretended to be other members of his family when inspectors tracked him down last year at another pub he owned in the city.