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Re: Landlord fined £20,000 over fire safety breaches

Watford landlord fined £20,000

Watford Magistrates' Court has handed a £20,000 fine to a landlord from north-west London after he breached fire safety regulations by not carrying out a fire risk assessment.

Hitesh Mashru, from Northwood, near Uxbridge, was charged after a fire in one of his properties destroyed two flats in the Hertfordshire town of Bushey in April last year, according to the Uxbridge Gazette. In not carrying out a fire risk assessment for his house of multiple occupancy (HMO), Mr Mashru was in direct contravention of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

The law states that if a full and sufficient FRA is not carried out on an HMO or commercial property, the Responsible Person can face a fine or up to two years in jail. The court heard that the landlord also did not ensure the safety of the electrical supply and failed to install proper fire safety equipment, such as a smoke detector or fire doors. Source: FIA

Date Published: 13/05/2011
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