Landlord narrowly escapes Jail
Two people recently had to be rescued from an early morning blaze which left their landlord with a suspended sentence and ordered to pay over £35,000 in fines and costs for breaking fire safety rules.
Prosecutor on behalf of West Midlands Fire Service, Mark Jackson, outlined a catalogue of failures that had put lives at severe risk.
He said that fire doors were either missing or ineffective, no emergency lighting on the first floor and only two domestic smoke alarms were fitted and had not been maintained and were only tested once a year.
Mr Jackson said: “There was significant risk of death or serious injury as a result of these failures some of which were nothing more than common sense measures. These were not isolated breaches.”
A prohibition order was placed on the property banning its use by any tenants until fire safety had been brought up to scratch.
The owner of the property, which was made up of living quarters over a shop, borrowed £20,000 and complied with all the fire service’s demands while also employing a letting agent to assist. He admitted 6 breaches of fire safety regulations and received a four month jail sentence suspended for 18 months.
Original source – Express & Star