Leeds Magistrates’ Court has imposed a substantial fine upon a private landlord for Fire Safety Breaches.
Amandeep Murria of Kangs Solicitors sets out the circumstances.
The Circumstances| Kangs Fire Safety Regulatory Solicitors
Leeds City Council prosecuted the landlord for a number of Fire Safety Breaches where:
- tenants were not provided with adequate means of escape the event of a fire
- fire alarm systems were not sufficiently maintained
- escape routes for tenants were not properly maintained and were unnecessarily obstructed.
The Relevant Law | Kangs Regulatory Law Solicitors
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (‘the Order’ rationalises and consolidates UK fire legislation and shifts the emphasis of fire prevention and the reduction of risk to employers/businesses from the fire authorities.
Categories of Premises Affected By The Order
- Offices and retail premises
- Factories and warehouse storage premises
- All premises where the main use is to provide sleeping accommodation e.g. hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, holiday accommodation and the common areas of flats and maisonettes. (Single private dwellings are excluded).
- Residential care premises
- Educational premises
- Small and medium places of assembly
- Large places of assembly
- Theatres, cinemas and similar premises
- Open air events and venues
- Healthcare premises
- Transport premises and facilities
- Animal premises and stables
- Means of escape for disabled people
The Hearing | Kangs Regulatory Advisory Solicitors
- fined the landlord £17,500
- ordered him to pay Prosecution Costs in the sum of £2,446.50.
The Magistrates’ Panel was quoted as saying:
“You own 10 properties, your business is in the housing people and it is quite clear and apparent you are deficient in this role and business”.
How Can We Help? | Kangs Health and Safety & Fire Safety Solicitors
Our specialist solicitors are able to provide advice and assistance throughout the entire criminal process, from the initial intervention by the relevant body through to enforcement, interview under caution and ultimately the defence of any ensuing criminal prosecution.
The Courts impose severe penalties in recognition of the seriousness of individuals and companies flouting fire safety regulations.
Who Can I Contact For Help? | Kangs Criminal Defence Solicitors
Please feel free to contact our team through any of the solicitors named below who will be happy to provide you with some initial advice and assistance.