A landlord has recently been charged with a large fine for guilty charges of several landlord breaches.
A residential property, holding ten, self-contained flats in the Billesley area of the West Midlands was subject to various landlord breaches. Inspectors found the living situations the worst they had seen for the past 10 years, which also included fire safety breaches. As a result, the landlord was warned and has now been charged and slapped with a hefty fine.
The landlord breaches, committed by David Greene were brought to a court of law. Mr Greene, a landlord of over 30 years has had his actions described by Birmingham City council:
“Mr Greene has shown a callous disregard for his responsibilities as a landlord.
Landlord breaches, specifically to the Houses of Multiple Occupancy Regulations were broken. These included poorly fitting fire doors and fire escapes that were obstructed and not fit for use.
As a result of the breaches, Birmingham City Council instructed Mr Greene to fix the issues which put the property and tenants at risk of fire. After sufficient time had passed and subsequent to the warmings, rectifications were not made. Therefore, Mr Greene was taken to the Birmingham Magistrates’ court and pleaded guilty to the charges. A total of £37,641 was charged including a £1,941 in costs and £170 to the residential victim surcharge.
Birmingham city council eager to ensure that landlord breaches to fire safety in HMO’s are taken seriously also commented:
“This fine sends out a message to all landlords who ignore the law that we will pursue anyone who lets out sub-standard accommodation.”
Let this be a warning… Therefore, if you’re not sure if you’re in breach of any fire safety laws for your residential premises, get in touch! Call us on 0845 402 3045 or email firstname.lastname@example.org before you get prosecuted!
This isn’t a one-off. Fines, fires and other landlord breaches have been made:
- London Landlord Jailed and Fined for Repeated Fire Safety Breaches
- Hastings Landlord Pleads Guilty to 38 Charges of Fire Safety Failings
Original sources: Birmingham Mail | Landlord Today