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Liverpool landlord fined for risking tenants' lives

17-September-2014
17-September-2014 13:56
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A Liverpool landlord has been fined £1300 and ordered to pay £2290 in costs after officials found a list of fire safety breaches at his property in Walton.

Environmental health officers inspected the building after a tenant made a complaint and the following fire breaches were found;

  • No mains wired smoke detectors anywhere in the building.
  • Battery operated smoke detectors in the building were not functioning.
  • Fire doors were damaged or ill fitting and would not have provided the tenants with the 30 minutes protection to escape in the event of fire.
  • There was a significant amount of rubbish and clutter in various areas of the property, including the escape stairwells which not only posed a fire hazard but also obstructed escape from the building.
  • There was a leak to the water supply directly above the electrical distribution board.
  • A hole in the storage room wall had been filled with combustible material.

In all, the landlord pleaded guilty to 13 housing offences.

According to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 all commercial buildings, non-domestic and multi-occupany premises in England and Wales must undertake a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment.  If the assessment is deemed to have been carried out to an insufficient extent, the responsible person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.