Landlords in Norwich given fire safety warning

Published by Daniel Jones

Landlords in Norwich have been given a reminder of the importance of fire safety, and it is one that could resonate with property owners all over the UK.

Two cases that have come to court in the East Anglian city recently have served as an illustration of the importance of fire safety. The two men involved in the cases have been fined thousands of pounds after pleading guilty to separate offences, reports the Eastern Daily Press.

Rodney Martins, 56, from Norwich admitted three charges of failing to meet regulations regarding the management of housing in multiple occupation. He was fined £4,800 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £120, as well as £4,000 in costs.

Meanwhile, Timothy Harber, 60, also of the city, pleaded guilty to six charges of failing to comply with rules governing housing in multiple occupation and was hit with a fine of £2,940.

Norwich City Council's private sector housing officer Ellen Spencer said: "We are very pleased with this result, which sends a clear message that vulnerable tenants can expect to be safe in their own homes."

Landlords looking to avoid similar punishments themselves should aim to get on top of housing in multiple occupation rules before renting out their properties to tenants. This will ensure they gain a full understanding of exactly what is allowed and who they are permitted to rent to.

Similarly, the warning given by the courts to the two men not to compromise fire safety is one worth remembering. Fires can prove to be disastrous both in terms of the impact on human life and financially for landlords, so getting on top of this issue is a must.

Regular inspections are likely to be carried out by all councils so meeting the requirements imposed on landlords is a move that will pay off.

In the case of Mr Martins, it was found that six adults and a child were living in a four-bedroom house, emphasising why limits must be imposed.ADNFCR-1645-ID-801611316-ADNFCR

Published on: July 11, 2013

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