Landlord fined for ignoring fire safety notice

Landlord fined for ignoring fire safety notice

A landlord has been ordered to pay more than £3,000 in costs, after a court appeal against a fire safety enforcement notice was dismissed.

The fine was paid to Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) by Eli Zohar, according to the Lancaster Guardian.  Zohar had ignored the notice, claiming it was not specific enough.

LFRS issued the warning to the landlord to address the fire safety deficiencies in the house of multiple occupation (HMO) in the west end area of Morecambe.

Lancaster Magistrates Court heard how an inspection of the property by LFRS found significant failings under the order, according to Mr Spencer, its solicitor.

This legislation necessitates the “responsible person” to carry out a suitable Fire Risk Assessment to ensure their property is safe for those who are living in it. It also means that if a fire were to start, all people inside the premises would be able to escape safely.

The court declared the issued enforcement notice did fulfil the requirements of the order and consequently ordered Zohar to pay the total cost to LFRS, which amounted to £3,200.

Fire safety team leader for LFRS Lee Munday said: "The issuing of an enforcement notice shows a high failing of fire safety. When issued, they are wrote in accordance with the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order. LFRS will always work with responsible persons to help with compliance. However, when required, the order will be enforced."