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Monday, May 10, 2010

Landlord jailed after fire

A landlord has been jailed for not following health and safety laws on his rental property.

Landlord, Michael Billings, of Beccles, Suffolk, has been given a jail sentence of 30 months by Norwich Crown Court for a complete disregard to the safety of his tenants.

The prosecution follows a fire at his rental property that left his 19 year old tenant with severe burns.

Billings, who pleaded guilty to breaking heath and safety and fire legislation was also ordered to pay the £20,000 legal costs.

The landlord was guilty of failing to provide any kind of protection for his tenant, renting out the property without any kind of fire alarm, required fire doors or an adequate means of escape. because the sash windows could only be opened four inches.

The Health and Safety Executive reported that the landlord had failed to meet the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, breaching Regulation 36(3)(a) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and breaching Article 32(1)(a) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Orders 2005.

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