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Manchester landlord fined for fire safety breaches
20 Nov 2012

A landlord from Manchester has received a fine after he was found guilty of breaching fire safety laws and putting the lives of his tenants at risk as a result.

Javed Waraich owned the Premier Convenience store on Wilmslow Road and had converted part of the double terraced property into an unlicensed house in multiple occupation.

Officers from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) visited the premises in November 2011 and discovered a number of fire safety failings in the shop itself.

They served an Enforcement Notice and returned in January this year to check whether work had been done to remedy them. They were then told that there was a flat above the shop.

Upon inspection they found it to have no fire doors leading from the bedrooms or the kitchen, and although a fire alarm was present, smoke detectors in the building were missing or damaged.

The only way to exit the flat was via a staircase and a series of long landings, where a number of combustible items were being stored.

Furthermore, there were no fire extinguishers and no emergency lights, and officers found large gaps in the floor that would have allowed a fire in the shop below to spread very quickly upstairs.

They said the conditions inside the flat were so dangerous that had a fire occurred, the tenants would have been at risk of serious injury or death.

Mr Waraich was convicted of eight offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 on November 7th following 21 earlier convictions under the Housing Act 2004. He was fined £9,259 at Manchester City Magistrates' Court after pleading guilty to eight offences under the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005. 

Peter O'Reilly, director of prevention and protection at GMFRS, said: "This case is an example of how we work with our partners to ensure residents of Greater Manchester are safe.

"This case should serve as a warning that landlords and business owners who put profits over safety may face significant consequences."

Source: FIA

Date Published: 21/11/2012
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