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.
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.
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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