3.2.2016 Bradford landlord fined for fire safety breaches


HMO owner ordered to pay £12,000

A Bradford landlord has been ordered to pay over £12,000 in fines after an HMO under his ownership was found to have a number of fire safety breaches.  Owner Mr Kabir Hussain pleaded guilty to three counts of failing to comply with regulations at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates Court.  The safety concerns were brought to the attention of the local council after a tip off from a health visitor who reported there were ‘extremely concerning conditions’ at the property. These included the main fire alarm system not working, smoke detectors found to be not fitted correctly and bedrooms without access to an appropriate fire escape.  Councillor Val Slater, portfolio holder for housing, planning and transport, commented: “We work hard with private landlords to ensure they keep their homes in good order.  “This was a landlord who was mismanaging a house in multiple occupation by not keeping it in good repair and transgressing safety regulations.

The landlord in Bradford who left residents in flats with holes in the walls and faulty fire alarms has been ordered to pay more than £12,000 in fines and costs.

Kabir Hussain, 46, admitted a number of safety breaches at his property in Keighley Road, Bradford, one of ten owned by his company, Park Property World Ltd, based on Selborne Grove in Heaton, also his home address.

He pleaded guilty to three charges of failing to comply with regulations in respect of management of housing in multiple occupation ahead of a scheduled trial at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates' Court yesterday.

Harjit Ryatt, prosecuting on behalf of Bradford Council, told the court that the authority had first received a complaint about the property, which is split into 11 flats, in late 2014.

Mr Ryatt said the inspector found a number of fire safety issues, including the main fire alarm system for the property not working, despite being checked on three separate occasions.

The Council also stated that smoke detectors were lying on the floor and hanging from the ceiling, with some rooms being used as bedrooms having no access to a fire escape.

Some flats were said to have been affected by damp and mould due to "excess cold", with the temperatures prompting health fears for the families living there.

The court also heard that Hussain had failed to maintain the property in a safe condition, with holes to the external fabric of the building presenting "access points for pests".

"These conditions were ongoing," said Mr Ryatt.  "They were a reflection of the poor management of this property over a significant period of time."

Hussain was fined a total of £10,000, with £2,140 costs and a £240 surcharge.

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Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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