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Student landlord faces jail following fire safety breaches

Published On: July 10, 2015 at 2:51 pm

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A student landlord from Bristol has been given a suspended jail sentence, following a breach of numerous fire safety regulations.

Garreth Wilson’s neglect towards legislation was first revealed in 2012, when students in the property had to be rescued following a fire. Mr Wilson was then found guilty of breaching fire safety law, but after another inspection a few months later, Avon Fire and Rescue found that sufficient safety measures had still not been introduced

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Mr Wilson’s breaches of fire regulations included:

  • insufficient written fire risk assessment
  • inadequate fire escape routes
  • no self-closing fire doors
  • non-maintenance of fire safety equipment

In court, Mr Wilson admitted to a further three breaches of legislation and as a result was given another three months suspended sentence, to go with the four months he had previously been issued.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service’s head of technical fire safety group manager Matt Peskett, said, ‘we are satisfied with the outcome of this case and that the sentence reflects the severity of the charges. As the responsible person for the property, Mr Wilson had a duty to ensure the safety of those living in the accommodation. Without adequate fire safety measures lives were put at risk.’[1]

Student landlord faces jail following fire safety breaches

Student landlord faces jail following fire safety breaches

‘Part of the role of the fire and rescue service is to enforce the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and ensure all business premises and public places comply so people are safe when inside,’ Peskett added.[1]

[1] https://www.landlordtoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2015/7/suspended-sentence-for-student-landlord

 

Know the Plan Campaign

Published On: February 3, 2015 at 11:12 am

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Fire services are currently running campaigns to raise awareness of fire safety for tenants and landlords of flats, high-rise buildings, and Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).

The fire services are emphasising the importance of having, and knowing, a fire escape plan, which they can help landlords create. They are also ensuring that people know what to do if there is a fire in their home, or elsewhere in the building, and who they can ask for advice.

Know the Plan Campaign

Know the Plan Campaign

The London Fire Brigade launched the Know the Plan campaign last year, a 12-month plan aimed at guaranteeing landlords and housing providers follow fire safety regulations. They are also calling for those living in flats and maisonettes in purpose-built blocks to understand what to do if there is a fire.

The website, www.knowtheplan.co.uk, contains information, videos, and downloads for both tenants and landlords.

Ron Dobson, London Fire Commissioner, says: “Living in a flat is no more dangerous than living in a house, but it’s important to know that your fire plan should be different.”1

Chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, James Cleverly, adds: “Landlords and housing providers with legal responsibilities for flats and maisonettes in purpose-built blocks need to act to ensure their residents are safe and understand what to do in a fire.”1

Other services have also backed the campaign. South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue is ensuring their residents know the plan, and they are advising tenants to speak to their landlord about specific fire evacuation plans for their building.

The service said, in a statement: “They should be able to tell you if and when a fire risk assessment has been completed. If there hasn’t been a fire risk assessment, the responsible person is not fulfilling their legal duty. If this is the case, get in touch with your local fire safety regulation team.”1

1 http://www.landlordtoday.co.uk/news_features/Fire-services-spread-the-‘Know-The-Plan’-message

Landlords Told not to do DIY Fire Risk Assessments

Published On: June 12, 2012 at 10:38 am

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A property specialist has urged landlords not to conduct their own fire risk assessments in their rental homes.

Chief Executive Officer of Belvoir, a residential letting specialist, Dorian Gonsalves, says: “Don’t even consider it; it could be fraught with danger.

Landlords Told not to do DIY Fire Risk Assessments

Landlords Told not to do DIY Fire Risk Assessments

“Few landlords understand the huge amount of legislation governing rented property these days. Fire safety issues have become so complicated and legislation covers so many different regulations for different types of property in different parts of the UK, that it’s no area for amateurs.

“Seek the advice and guidance of a professional, because the stakes are too high to go it alone.”1

Different types of rental accommodation, including new builds, conversions, studios, and Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) require their own particular fire safety assessments, and individual appraisals.

Some types must uphold regulations concerning shared facilities, and others will require fire doors, etc.

Electrical equipment, plugs and sockets, furniture and furnishing materials must also all adhere to product safety requirements.

Gas appliances can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, and also house fires. Electrical wiring must be checked, as they can cause firetraps in older properties.

Les Marratt, who owns the Sutton Coldfield branch of Belvoir, says: “There are so many different regulations that landlords who try to understand it all are running the risk of still keeping an unsafe property.

“Every landlords has a duty of care to tenants and that is central to the whole fire safety issue. If everything is checked that needs to be checked then they’re protected. But if they don’t honour that duty of care then landlords can expect a robust response from fire and rescue authorities who enforce regulations.

“Seek expert advice then, from local authorities, professional safety advisers, or experienced letting agents such as Belvoir, who help landlords to follow best practice.”1

1 http://www.landlordexpert.co.uk/2012/06/11/uk-landlords-are-being-warned-not-to-do-their-own-diy-fire-risk-assessments/