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Hastings Landlord Pleads Guilty to 38 Charges of Fire Safety Failings

Fire Safety officers from East Sussex Fire and Rescue welcomed the prosecution of a landlord in Hastings, who will now have to pay neatly £23,000 in fines after fire safety breaches.

The landlord, Mr Wallace from Breadsall Farm, appeared in court after the service worked with Hastings Borough Council to compile a case against him.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service visited a property on Charles road in St Leonards on January 5, 2017, after being called in by Sussex police concerned about fire safety.

The property is an end-of-terrace building comprising of flats situated over ground and four upper floors with a separate lower ground floor.

The fire safety inspector found a number of serious problems, including a storage room containing a petrol grass strimmer, petrol can, dishwasher and other general items. These all could have posed a risk if there was a fire, causing the entrance hall a single staircase to flats above to become impassable.

Fire extinguishers provided in the communal areas had not been tested since 2002 and there were no fire alarms or emergency lighting installed.

In August the landlord pleaded guilty to 38 charges and was given an overall fine of £19,000, plus costs of £3,564.96 and a Victim Surcharge of £170, giving a total of £22,734.96.

Mark Andrews, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, said: “The issues in this property were so serious we believed that the lives of those living there were in danger if there was a fire.

Original post: Hastings & St Leonards Observer

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