Lives put at risk

‘Un­scrupu­lous’ land­lord handed fine

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Clemen­tine

A LAND­LORD put ‘lives at risk’ by cram­ming too many ten­ants into one house, ac­cord­ing to Hilling­don Coun­cil.

Javeed Hos­sain of Ry­dal Cres­cent, Perivale, was handed an £11,000 fine for the over­crowd­ing and fail­ing to in­stall fire safety mea­sures in the prop­erty at 26 New Road, Har­ling­ton.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Hilling­don Coun­cil found 10 peo­ple crammed into the three-bed house, in­clud­ing a preg­nant woman and her part­ner who were living in a roof space deemed too small for habi­ta­tion.

Cllr Keith Bur­rows, cabi­net mem­ber for plan­ning, trans­porta­tion and re­cy­cling at Hilling­don Coun­cil, said: “This un­scrupu­lous land­lord put his ten­ants’ lives at risk by ne­glect­ing to en­sure that an ad­e­quate fire safety sys­tem was in place at his prop­erty and the con­se­quences could have been fa­tal if a fire had bro­ken out.

“He also put his greed be­fore their wel­fare by cram­ming too many peo­ple into the house and pock­et­ing the rent. I am pleased that the courts have im­posed such a heavy fine on Mr Hos­sain, re­flect­ing the se­ri­ous­ness of his of­fences.”

Fol­low­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the coun­cil, Hos­sain had to ob­tain an HMO li­cence (house of mul­ti­ple oc­cu­pancy) lim­it­ing the max­i­mum num­ber of peo­ple at the prop­erty to six and in­stall a fire warn­ing and pro­tec­tion sys­tem.

A later visit by coun­cil of­fi­cers found that not only had the land­lord breached the HMO by per­mit­ting 10 ten­ants to oc­cupy the prop­erty, but he had failed to in­stall the re­quired fire alarm sys­tem.

There were in­ad­e­quate fire doors, a lack of smoke and heat de­tec­tors and no emer­gency il­lu­mi­nated exit signs on the stairs.

Hos­sain was found guilty for fail­ing to com­ply with the Hous­ing Act HMO li­cence and in­stall the re­quired full fire pro­tec­tion sys­tem at Uxbridge Mag­is­trates’ Court on Tues­day 19 May.

He was fined £11,000 and told to pay a vic­tim sur­charge of £120 and the coun­cil’s £884 costs.

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