HMO landlord fined £158,000 for Fire Safety Order breaches

HMO landlord fined £158,000 for Fire Safety Order breaches

07 Apr 2011


A landlord of a house of multiple occupancy (HMO) has been fined over £100,000 for breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Joseph Ernest Draper faced charges, including having doors that were inappropriately resistant to fire and had no self-closing mechanism, at Exeter Crown Court on March 29th, reports Info4Fire.

A blaze at the Illfracombe-based establishment – on February 14th 2008 – led to fire inspectors carrying out an examination on the premises, when they found the infractions.

Mr Draper was found guilty of four offences and fined £135,000 as well as incurring court costs of £23,000.

Nick Manning, the community safety manager of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, told the news provider that the charge should serve as a warning to landlords.

“Landlords and owners of properties used as flats should take notice of the outcome of this case – it has sent a clear message with the level of the fine awarded,” he said.

A suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment must be carried out on all HMOs in England and Wales under the Fire Safety Order; if it is not, the Responsible Person faces up to two years in prison.

Posted by Ryan Steven

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