Fines Issued for Breaches to Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation Regulations 2006
Two landlords of a HMO in Hatfield, Herts have been ordered to pay a total of £27,500 for fire safety breaches at a house on French Horn Lane.
Both Fiaz Mahmmud, 48, and Audrey Feegrado, 39, were found guilty of five breaches of the Housing (Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation) Regulations 2006 after an initial plead of not guilty.
The five breaches that the two were found guilty of were not ensuring that all means of escape within the premises were clear from obstructions; failure to keep means of escape maintained and in good working order; not ensuring that fire fighting equipment and fire alarm equipment were maintained in good working order; failure to take measures to protect building occupants from injury; failure to maintain common parts of the premises in good and clean decorative repair.
Michel Saminaden, Chief Executive of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council made the following comments:
“These severe breaches of fire safety regulations could have resulted in fatalities. it is something that this council, as the responsible authority for private sector housing, takes very seriously and we are working hard to ensure that high standards are maintained to ensure the safety of our residents.”
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