Fire Safety Failure by Landlords Lead to Hefty Fine

A Haringey landlord has been fined a total of £12,520 for flouting fire safety laws in a Muswell Hill house he was renting out.

The landlord who, who owned the semi-detached property on Duke’s Avenue, pleaded guilty to four offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and was sentenced at Tottenham Magistrate’s Court last week.

At the time of the offences the property was divided into nine separate flats and was being used as an unlicenced HMO.

London Fire Brigade had been called to the three-storey house following reports of a fire on 10 January 2011. Although there was no fire – just a poorly working dehumidifier – firefighters noticed numerous breaches of fire safety regulations.

A joint inspection carried out by the Brigade’s fire safety officers and Haringey Council found poorly maintained and fitted fire doors, no working fire alarm system and no emergency lighting. They also discovered that there no fire risk assessment had been carried out for the building.

London Fire Brigade’s assistant commissioner for fire safety regulation Steve Turek said: “Landlords have a legal responsibility to ensure that the people living in the properties that they own are safe from the risk of fire.

“If we find people ignoring these responsibilities and putting people’s lives at risk by flouting these laws we will have no hesitation in prosecuting them.”

Mr Landlord no longer owns the premises which have now been refurbished and no longer operate as a HMO.