Landlord fined £8k by environmental health

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By Landlord Expert April 26, 2010 11:06

One landlord in the area has been fined £8,366 after his property was deemed to be dangerous by environmental health officers, the Swindon Advertiser reported.

A 2009 inspection by Swindon Council officers revealed that the four-storey property, which housed seven bedsits, had smashed windows, poor fire doors and broken or disconnected emergency lighting and smoke detectors.

The council's Paul Simmonds told the local newspaper: "Large properties such as this with missing or defective fire safety equipment pose a considerable risk to tenants.

"A fully functioning fire alarm and emergency lighting system along with properly maintained fire doors are vital to warn tenants in the event of a fire and to control fire spread enabling occupants to get out safely."

Neil Jakubowski-Birch of Maiden Lane, Calne was fined £3,000 for failing to licence the property which was in breach of Section 72 of the Housing Act 2004.

The landlords was also fined £2,300 by Swindon Magistrates for a number of offences under the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations and ordered to pay £3,066 in costs.

Landlord Expert
By Landlord Expert April 26, 2010 11:06

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