17 Jul Landlord Fined in North London
Landlord fined £13,000 for breaching fire safety regulations
A buy-to-let landlord in north London has been ordered to pay more than £13,000 after breaching fire safety regulations and failing to carry out necessary repairs at a property in Newington Green.
An environmental health officer inspected the flat following complaints from a neighbour, and found four unrelated inhabitants sharing a kitchen and bathroom – making the property a house of multiple occupancy (HMO).
The property also did not have a mains wired smoke alarm system, or a fire door to the kitchen, as required by HMO licensing. There was also a poorly repaired kitchen window.
The officer issued an Improvement Notice, instructing the landlord to fix these problems and provide an Electrical Installation Condition Report. But despite the landlord committing to carrying out the improvement work, the landlord failed to get the jobs done.
The Landlord was found guilty of failing to comply with an Improvement Notice and fined £12,400 at Highbury Corner Magistrates’. He was also ordered to pay costs of £600 along with a victim surcharge of £175.
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