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Landlord Fined £42k for Breaching Fire Safety Laws

Mr Javid Akhtar Mughal, a landlord from South Woodford has been handed a substantial fine of £42,000 for fire safety breaches. Redbridge Council prosecuted Mr Mughal following an investigation arising from a complaint made by one of his 11 tenants.

Inspectors stated that the standard of conversion of the building was extremely poor and it did not have planning permission.

Other breaches of fire safety included:
  • no fire precautions or fire escapes
  • defective electrical system
  • failure to carry out a suitable fire risk assessment
  • high levels of dampness, condensation and mould

The landlord continued to let the properties despite failing to comply with the order. Which put the health and safety of the four families living there at serious risk.

Councillor Farah Hussain, Cabinet Member for housing states: “We are working hard to bring irresponsible landlords that blatantly disregard the law to justice.”

“It’s important that when facing landlords who do not follow regulations and licensing conditions, we take all necessary action to make sure residents have suitable protection against fire and the properties they live in are safe.

“Anyone failing to meet their responsibilities and putting residents in danger will face prosecution.”

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