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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cornwall landlord fined £24,000

Landlord, Jin Ming Cao from Cornwall has been ordered to pay fines and court costs totalling £24,000.  Mr Cao, owner of the Dynasty Restaurant on Perran Cross Road pleaded guilty to six offences under the Housing Act 2004 for the seven bedroom flat he had rented above his restaurant.
Three offences related to the non-compliance of improvement notices and three offences related to the management of Houses in Multiple Occupation Regulations, including an obstructed fire escape route, a faulty fire alarm and no valid Gas Safety Certificate.

The flat was rented out to ten workers from his restaurant. 

Stuart Kenney from Cornwall Council’s Private Sector Housing Team said:

“We have been working with colleagues from the UK Border Agency, Devon and Cornwall Police and Cornwall Fire and Rescue service to investigate the quality of multi-occupied accommodation above commercial premises such as restaurants, takeaways and pubs. The majority of our inspections have revealed substandard living conditions and poor fire safety provision which has routinely required enforcement interventions. All landlords must ensure that those dwellings meet minimum safety standards and any landlord who is unsure of their obligations is encouraged to contact the Private Sector Housing Team."

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