Croydon Crown Court has recently imposed suspended prison sentences upon a landlord who pleaded guilty to endangering the lives of residents of an illegal hostel as the result of breaches of Fire and Health & Safety Regulations.
Amandeep Murria of Kangs Solicitors comments upon this recent Prosecution.
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The Circumstances | Kangs Fire Safety Solicitors
- The Prosecution was pursued by Kent Fire & Rescue Services and the Health and Safety Executive as the landlord had repeatedly ignored Prohibition Notices over a three year period
- Accommodation and the first-floor kitchen were prohibited from being used for living and sleeping in.
- The Fire detection equipment at the property was found to be significantly defective.
The Hearing | Kangs Health & Safety Solicitors
The landlord pleaded guilty to the following matters:
- failing to comply with three Prohibition Notices served in respect of FireRegulation breaches,
- non-compliance of Notices breaching Sections 21 and 22 of Health and Safety at Work Act 1974,
- breaching Section 4(2) of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and
- breaching Section 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
Sentences Imposed | Kangs Fire & Health Safety Regulatory Solicitors
The court imposed:
- two suspended prison sentences,
- a duty to conduct unpaid work for three hundred hours
- prosecution costs totalling eight thousand pounds
- a Director Disqualification Order preventing the landlord from acting as a Director.
Mark Woodward, Kent Fire Safety Manager was quoted as saying:
‘The outcome of this case sends out a very clear message to those responsible for residential properties – they must make sure that the fire fire safety measures in their buildings meet minimum standards and are kept in good working order so people’s lives are not put at risk’.
Joanne Williams a Health and Safety Inspector was quoted as saying:
‘HSE is dedicated to ensuring that business owners and landlords operate within the law and provide safe accommodation for tenants and a safe place to work for employees. We do not tolerate disregard for health and safety and consider the non-compliance of HSE enforcement notices as a serious offence’.
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