Landlord fined after breaching health and safety laws
A landlord has been fined more than £70,000 after failing to protect a number of tenants, it has been reported.
The health and safety fine is one the largest seen in Luton, where the sanctions were handed down.
The Court heard how landlord Alyas Hussain packed tenants into his property despite the significant risk of danger. The house was shown to have a lack of fire doors and fire detectors, as well as obstructions to stairs and exits.
Investigators also found unfinished electric works and exposed wires hanging from ceilings. The gas meter was also capped after a leak was found.
Handing down the fine, the court said: “It is clear to us that these offences are motivated by profit without any recourse to regulations or court processes. The defendant has 2 properties not subject to mortgage and received rent from the HMO in excess of £19,000”
Councillor Tom Shaw, Portfolio Holder for housing, said: “We will not tolerate landlords who rent properties which fail to meet standards. The Council has a commitment to ensure that private landlords in Luton do not take financial advantage of vulnerable tenants and put their lives at risk.
“We will not hesitate to prosecute landlords who show a disregard for the law and their responsibilities towards occupants.”