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Landlord fined 70,000 for fire safety breaches


HMO has largest fine that town has ever seen

A landlord was was fined £70,000 for failure to ensure his tenants were safe.

Obstruction to the fire exits, lack of fire doors and automatic fire detection and obstructions on stairwells as well as overcrowding in the building.

It also materialised that there unfinished electrical works throughout the property which left bare wires handing from ceilings and out of walls.  Bathrooms were in a terrible state of disrepair, ceilings were damaged and the gas meter had to be shut down due to a leak and the electrical meter had been tampered with. 

Cllr Tom Shaw, portfolio holder for housing, said: “We will not tolerate landlords who rent properties which fail to meet standards. The council has a commitment to ensure that private landlords in Luton do not take financial advantage of vulnerable tenants and put their lives at risk. 

“We will not hesitate to prosecute landlords who show a disregard for the law and their responsibilities towards occupants.

“At the start of 2018 this conviction sends out a really strong message to landlords: in every sense of the expression ‘Get your house in order’ or we will be on to you.”

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  • Date posted:
    25/01/2018
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