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Monday, October 06, 2014

Clapham landlord fined over fire safety

Another day, another landlord fined for breaking fire safety regulations.

This time, it's Clapham landlord, Panayiotis Chrysostomou who failed to comply to safety notice presented by the London Fire Brigade (LFB).

Chrysostomou  pleaded guilty, and was handed a £10,000 fine and £2,000 in court costs.

The rental property was divided into eight bedsits, but was found to have, no smoke alarms, no emergency lighting and no fire doors, poorly managed cooking equipment in each bedsit, blocked escape routes and poorly maintained electrics.

The property was deemed so dangerous by the LFB that hey slapped a prohibition notice on the property to stop people living there, but this was ignored by the landlord.

The LFB deputy head of fire safety regulation Mark Andrews said:

“This property was a potential death trap. The lack of smoke alarms, absence of any fire doors, as well as the blocked escape route would have put the lives of those people living in these bedsits in serious danger if a fire had broken out.

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