X Factor contestants may be forced to move premises today (October 20th) after it was revealed that their shared house breaches fire safety regulations.
The Mirror has reported that the building recently failed a fire safety inspection and could face closure if inspectors deem the property to be unsafe.
In previous years, the house has been considered a residential property and the owner did not therefore have to carry out a ‘suitable and sufficient’ fire risk assessment – as is required under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
However, it is now a commercial building and must satisfy strict fire safety criteria, otherwise the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or a maximum prison sentence of two years.
A source told the newspaper: “The place is a total tip, with all the fire escapes cluttered up and a lack of proper signs indicating proper exits.
“Bosses went ballistic and pledged to get things sorted for the next visit.”