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Landlord pays the price for fire trap house

 

A BURY landlord who breached fire safety regulations has been fined £17,000 ordered to pay GMFRS £2,223 in costs and a £120 victim surcharge, following a hearing at Bury and Rochdale Magistrates Court on Tuesday, June 2, 2014.
45-year-old Zohar Khan of Hampton Grove, Bury, pleaded guilty to five offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 at a house in multiple occupancy on Walmersley Road, Bury.
The court heard there were combustible items in the hall and landings, which would have helped a fire take hold and spread quickly.
There were no fire doors and holes in the ceilings meant a fire in any part of the property would have quickly spread with smoke and toxic gases  blocking the only escape route.
There was no way of warning tenants about a fire as the fire alarm was faulty and switched off and a battery operated smoke detector which had been fitted was in the wrong place and could not be heard in the bedsits.
Abigail Hudson, prosecuting for GMFRA, said: "A fire anywhere would quickly fill the only escape route with smoke. If the electrics failed, the lack of emergency lighting would mean the escape route would be dark and filled with smoke becoming impassable"
Speaking in Mr Khan's defence Stephen Rees told the court Mr Khan had not realised the property was classified as a house in multiple occupancy.
Mr Rees said his client has fully accepted that the property was inadequate and that houses in multiple occupation presented different risks to residents.
The court heard how Mr Khan has since carried out work to bring the property up to standard and has leased it to Serco for four years.
Fining Mr Khan £3,400 for each offence, Mrs Lynn Smith JP, Chair of the Bench, said: "The court takes these charges very seriously.
"There was a significant risk to every occupant of the property. You are a landlord of 20 properties and your negligence could have caused the death of or injury to your tenants."
Geoff Harris, Assistant County Fire Officer at GMFRS, said: "This is another case of a landlord collecting rent from multiple tenants without giving any thought to their safety.
"The fine should send a clear message to private landlords to make sure they understand their responsibilities and make their properties safe.
"The cost of making this property safe would have been a fraction of the amount Mr Khan must now pay and he has a criminal record"
Charges in full
That Zohar Khan, on or before 9th May 2012, having control of 84 Walmersley Road, Bury, BL9 6DX, failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to take such general fire precautions as were reasonably required to ensure the premises were safe, pursuant to Article 8(1)(b) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 namely by failing to take measures to reduce the risk of fire and spread of fire in the premises in accordance with Article 4(1)(a) which failure placed one or more residents at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
That Zohar Khan, on or before 9th May 2012, having control of 84 Walmersley Road, Bury, BL9 6DX, failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to make a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment, pursuant to Article 9(1) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which failure placed one or more residents at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
That Zohar Khan, on or before 9th May 2012, having control of 84 Walmersley Road, Bury, BL9 6DX, failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to provide a suitable system of detection and warning in case of fire, pursuant to Article 13(1)(a) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which failure placed one or more residents at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
That Zohar Khan, on or before 9th May 2012, having control of 84 Walmersley Road, Bury, BL9 6DX, failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to provide a protected escape route to ensure occupants could evacuate as quickly and safely as possible,  pursuant  to Article 14(2)(b) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which failure placed one or more residents at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
That Zohar Khan, on or before 9th May 2012, having control of 84 Walmersley Road, Bury, BL9 6DX, failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire failing to provide emergency lighting on the escape route pursuant to Article 14(2)(h) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which failure placed one or more residents at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

A BURY landlord who breached fire safety regulations has been fined £17,000 ordered to pay GMFRS £2,223 in costs and a £120 victim surcharge, following a hearing at Bury and Rochdale Magistrates Court on Tuesday, June 2, 2014.

45-year-old Zohar Khan of Hampton Grove, Bury, pleaded guilty to five offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 at a house in multiple occupancy on Walmersley Road, Bury.

The court heard there were combustible items in the hall and landings, which would have helped a fire take hold and spread quickly.

There were no fire doors and holes in the ceilings meant a fire in any part of the property would have quickly spread with smoke and toxic gases  blocking the only escape route.

There was no way of warning tenants about a fire as the fire alarm was faulty and switched off and a battery operated smoke detector which had been fitted was in the wrong place and could not be heard in the bedsits.

Abigail Hudson, prosecuting for GMFRA, said: "A fire anywhere would quickly fill the only escape route with smoke. If the electrics failed, the lack of emergency lighting would mean the escape route would be dark and filled with smoke becoming impassable"

Speaking in Mr Khan's defence Stephen Rees told the court Mr Khan had not realised the property was classified as a house in multiple occupancy.

Mr Rees said his client has fully accepted that the property was inadequate and that houses in multiple occupation presented different risks to residents.

The court heard how Mr Khan has since carried out work to bring the property up to standard and has leased it to Serco for four years.

Fining Mr Khan £3,400 for each offence, Mrs Lynn Smith JP, Chair of the Bench, said: "The court takes these charges very seriously.

"There was a significant risk to every occupant of the property. You are a landlord of 20 properties and your negligence could have caused the death of or injury to your tenants."

Geoff Harris, Assistant County Fire Officer at GMFRS, said: "This is another case of a landlord collecting rent from multiple tenants without giving any thought to their safety.

"The fine should send a clear message to private landlords to make sure they understand their responsibilities and make their properties safe.

"The cost of making this property safe would have been a fraction of the amount Mr Khan must now pay and he has a criminal record"

Charges in full

That Zohar Khan, on or before 9th May 2012, having control of 84 Walmersley Road, Bury, BL9 6DX, failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to take such general fire precautions as were reasonably required to ensure the premises were safe, pursuant to Article 8(1)(b) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 namely by failing to take measures to reduce the risk of fire and spread of fire in the premises in accordance with Article 4(1)(a) which failure placed one or more residents at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

That Zohar Khan, on or before 9th May 2012, having control of 84 Walmersley Road, Bury, BL9 6DX, failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to make a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment, pursuant to Article 9(1) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which failure placed one or more residents at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

That Zohar Khan, on or before 9th May 2012, having control of 84 Walmersley Road, Bury, BL9 6DX, failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to provide a suitable system of detection and warning in case of fire, pursuant to Article 13(1)(a) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which failure placed one or more residents at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

That Zohar Khan, on or before 9th May 2012, having control of 84 Walmersley Road, Bury, BL9 6DX, failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire by failing to provide a protected escape route to ensure occupants could evacuate as quickly and safely as possible,  pursuant  to Article 14(2)(b) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which failure placed one or more residents at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

That Zohar Khan, on or before 9th May 2012, having control of 84 Walmersley Road, Bury, BL9 6DX, failed to safeguard the safety of relevant persons in case of fire failing to provide emergency lighting on the escape route pursuant to Article 14(2)(h) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which failure placed one or more residents at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire contrary to Article 32(1)(a)  of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

 

 

 

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