On 15 December a London Landlord was sentenced to jail and fined for wanton negligence after renting an uninhabitable property.
The Essex, London landlord, Mr Manmohan Sahib, 60, pleaded guilty to three offences regarding his property on High road. Fire and safety breaches were knowingly made by Mr Sahib when he allowed people to reside in a prohibition-ordered accommodation.
The flat was ordered inhabitable due to insufficient fire protection, including inadequate fire alarms, unsatisfactory fire doors and a complete absence of emergency lighting.
Mr Sahib was immediately imprisoned for 4 months and ordered to pay the full prosecution costs of £23,076.
A confiscation order was also issued – £8,400 for the illegal income received during the time the property was deemed prohibited. The property was declared prohibited for inhabitancy by the London Fire Brigade (LFB) until its deficits were corrected.
The unlawful inhabitants of the High road property were, in fact, Mr Sahib’s disabled brother and his carer. There was also further indication of children having occupied the property.
According to law and His Honour Judge Lafferty: “Landlords who choose to rent out flats on upper floors to the public, are under a very high duty to ensure tenants are kept safe from the risks of fire”.
Mr Sahib seriously endangered the lives of the people living within the property and fully dismissed the Fire Brigades warnings after the prohibition notice was appointed.
Dan Daly, the assistant commissioner for fire safety at the LFB announced that: ‘The prison sentence handed down, in this case, should send a clear message that, while we will do everything we can to help building owners meet their fire safety responsibilities, if we find they are blatantly ignoring them, we will not hesitate to prosecute.’
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Original Sources: London Fire Brigade | Ilford Recorder | Fire & Risk Management Journal