Hatfield landlords fined thousands for flouting housing regulations
PUBLISHED: 14:19 29 September 2011 | UPDATED: 14:56 29 September 2011
TWO landlords, who failed to keep homes clean and fire escapes clear, have been slapped with fines and costs totalling nearly £28,000.
In the first case of its kind brought by Welwyn Hatfield Council, Fiaz Mahmmud, 48, and Audrey Feegrado, 39, of Daffodil Close, Hatfield, were each found guilty of flouting housing regulations.
Their negligence could have had lethal consequences according to the council.
The charges were brought for seven different breaches of housing rules at 17 French Horn Lane, Hatfield.
The six-bedroom house, which was home to students and professionals, was inspected on November 12 last year.
Mahmmud and Feegrado pleaded not guilty to all seven offences.
But they were found guilty of five counts each at Watford Magistrates Court on Tuesday (September 27).
They were each hit with fines and costs totalling £13,765.
The court heard how Mahmmud and Feegrado failed to ensure that all means of escape from fire were kept free from obstruction and that all means of escape from fire were maintained in good order and repair.
They also failed to make sure fire fighting equipment and fire alarms were maintained in good working order.
They failed to take all possible measures to protect tenants from injury.
And, under the Housing (Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation) Regulations 2006, it was deemed they had failed to ensure that all the common parts of the house were maintained “in good and clean decorative repair”.
Council chief executive Michel Saminaden said: “I’m very pleased with the result.
“It lays the foundation for a number of future projects that the council is working on to improve the quality of private sector housing within the borough.”
He added: “These severe fire safety breaches of the Housing (Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation) Regulations 2006 could have resulted in fatalities.”
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