Landlord fined £37,111 for multiple housing regulation breaches. Birmingham City Council

Landlord fined £37,111 for multiple housing regulation breaches – On Thursday 30 August at Birmingham Magistrates Court, David Greene, 63, of 463 Brooke Lane, Billesley, has been prosecuted for numerous breaches of the House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Management Regulations including those designed to protect tenants in the event of a fire.

Source: Birmingham City Council: Landlord fined £37,111 for multiple housing regulation breaches | Birmingham City Council

Landlord prosecuted for fire safety failings at tenant’s property. North Hertfordshire District Council

On Friday 3 August at Stevenage Magistrates Court, Mr Lawrence Connors of Hitchin Road, Arlesey pleaded guilty to failing to comply with fire safety regulations in a rented property. North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) brought the prosecution under the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006. On 6 November 2017 a fire occurred at 54 Chiltern View, Letchworth – a property which was rented to several tenants by Mr Connors. The incident had the potential to cause serious harm but nobody was injured.

Source: North Hertfordshire District Council: Landlord prosecuted for fire safety failings at tenant’s property | North Hertfordshire District Council

Shell International – £300,000

Multinational oil and gas company Shell International were fined over significant failings in fire safety at the Shell Centre in central London. The energy giant pleaded guilty at Inner London crown court to three breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. It was the largest fine imposed under the law. Two small fires in three weeks at the Shell Centre on York Road, Waterloo prompting investigation.

Fire Safety Breaches

  • Blocked escape routes
  • Blocked fire exits
  • Defective fire doors
  • Excessive fire loading

“This conviction shows that major companies are not exempt from prosecution and must take their responsibilities under the RRO seriously.” – London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson

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The Co-operative Group – £210,000

British consumer cooperative, The Co-operative Group were in Southampton Crown Court charged with serious fire safety breaches at its store in Shirley Road, Southampton. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority prosecuted for six breaches of fire safety under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Fire Safety Breaches

  • Failing to maintain the rear emergency exit doors
  • A fitted lock requiring a security code on the emergency door
  • Fire alarm call point obstruction
  • Failing to ensure that the store manager was provided with suitable and sufficient fire safety training
  • Failing to ensure that the fire alarm system was being regularly tested
  • Failing to ensure a means of early detection of fire

“A number of common trends have emerged since the fire safety law came into force in 2006. These include blocked or locked exits, poorly maintained fire escape staircases, lack of staff fire training, storage of combustible materials in boiler rooms, lack of fire alarms, lack of emergency lighting, lack of fire doors, and in far too many cases lack of suitable fire risk assessment” – Chief Officer John Bonney of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

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New Look, who have a chain of high street shops in the UK – Fine: £400,000

British global fashion retailer New Look who have a chain of high street shops in the UK, received the maximum possible fine of £400,000 following a fire that gutted the retailer’s Oxford Street store in 2007. 35 engines and 150 fire-fighters were needed to tackle the blaze and crews remained at the scene for the three days. Trade was disrupted at more than 50 Oxford Street shops. New Look pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 following prosecution by the London Fire Brigade.

Fire Safety Breaches

  • Insufficient staff training
  • Storage blocking escape routes

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