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Rogue landlord fined £100k for neglecting tenant safety

Published On: August 22, 2016 at 10:16 am

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A private landlord has been put behind bars after showing serious neglect towards the safety of his tenants.

Keith Newsum was accused of cutting corners and told that he was, ‘wholly money-orientated’ and, ‘woefully inadequate,’ in his duties. Only good fortune prevented a fatality in a serious fire, according to the judge who sentenced Newsum.

Insufficient

The Grimsby Telegraph reports that Mr Newsum owned up to insufficient fire risk assessments, alongside failing to take general precautions against fire, such as having smoke alarms.

What’s more, Newsum admitted failing to provide self-closing fire doors and making sure fire doors were not wedged open.

As a result, he was jailed for a total of five months. In addition, he was told to pay a huge £100,000 in costs and £4,200 compensation to his tenants.

Upon sentencing, the judge told Mr Newsum, ‘you put your wealth before your tenants’ welfare. You did not carry out fire assessments. You never took advice from a fire-safety expert. You did it all yourself. You put wealth before welfare. You were corner-cutting, just as you were with electrical work.’[1]

Rogue landlord fined £100k for neglecting tenant safety

Rogue landlord fined £100k for neglecting tenant safety

Regretful

In a statement to the newspaper, the chairman of the Humber Landlords Association, Guy Piggott said it was, ‘regretful’ that a potential loss of life was required to underline certain regulations.

‘During 2014/15 Humber Landlords Association arranged several courses on Housing Health and Safety Rating System and more than 20 members passed a field assessment to prove competency. This qualification enables them to assess and manage the risks not only within their own properties but also to assist other members with theirs. During 2016 the focus turned to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and a number of members attended a course in that covered Management Regulations and Fire Awareness, once again raising awareness amongst members of some of the issues surrounding HMOs,’ the statement said.[1]

[1] https://www.lettingagenttoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2016/8/jail-and-100-000-bill-after-personal-wealth-put-before-tenant-safety