A COURT has fined a private landlord £1,380 over an absence of emergency lighting at his property and other offences.
Yordan Kaloyanov of Millhouse Rise, Immingham, North East Lincolnshire, was given the bill after police officers and housing enforcement officers raided his rental property in Pelham Road, Immingham and discovered a host of breaches of safety laws.
The house lacked the basic measures need for a property of multiple occupancy. As well as absence of emergency lighting on escape routes, there were no interlinked fire alarms, fire doors or self-closing arms.
Councillor Peter Wheatley, whose portfolio includes a responsibility for housing, told the press: ‘A large number of local people rely on rented accommodation and landlords are expected to uphold high standards.
‘Unlicensed and poorly maintained houses are not acceptable. Not only are they exploitative in nature, they could also put people’s lives at risk.
‘The Council wants to work with landlords to ensure that they are on the right side of the law. If landlords are unsure of what they should be providing for their tenants, they can contact our housing team via our website for more information.’
The prosecution of Kaloyanov follows a spate of prosecutions for unsafe emergency lighting.
In January landlord Manmohan Sahib was jailed for four months in prison over a lack of emergency lighting and other measures at his property at 361 Ilford High Street, Essex. He was also ordered to pay full prosecution costs of £23,076. A confiscation order of £8,400, relating to income received while the premises were prohibited, was also imposed.
In the same month, another landlord, Devinder Punian, was fined almost £19,000 over breaches to fire safety – including defective emergency lighting – at a property in Clarendon Avenue, Leamington Spa.
In June last year, former hotelier Amandeep Sandhu was sent to prison for eight months after admitting that his establishment, Cutlers Hotel in Sheffield, lacked adequate emergency lighting and other fire safety equipment.
In September, Birmingham barrister Lewis Perry was fined almost £5,000 over the lack of emergency lighting and other fire safety equipment at a rental property in Hunton Road, Erdington, Birmingham.
The prosecutions are being widely seen as a ‘get tough’ approach to fire safety following last June’s fatal Grenfell Tower blaze.
- Lux’s next free-to-attend Emergency Lighting Conference takes place in the Escape Zone at the LuxLive 2018 exhibition. The show takes place on Wednesday 14 November and Thursday 15 November 2018 at ExCeL London. Entry is free if you pre-register HERE.