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June 23, 2023


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Camden HMO fined £49,000 for fire safety failures

A management company in Camden running a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) has been prosecuted and fined for fire safety failures.

The total fines and costs after the sentencing came to £49,000 for failures at Tavistock Place, managed by Monsoon Properties.

Monsoon pleaded guilty on several breaches of the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006. Fire safety failings included:

  • An inadequate fire detection system
  • Obstructions on the means of escape
  • Defective fire doors
  • Defective oven and hob

Separate enforcement action has been taken against the licence holder and letting agents.

Counciller Meric Apak, Cabinet Member for Better Homes, commented: “This isn’t the first time Monsoon Properties Limited have been prosecuted and they should know – as should all landlords and management companies in Camden – that we will not hesitate to take landlords who we suspect are breaking the law to court. We will also seek to ban bad landlords – our record of securing seven banning orders against rogue landlords is more than any other Council in England.

“Camden is committed to ensuring the highest standard of fire safety across our housing. This of course means a deep dive into safety in our own council housing and our significant investment includes ensuring our homes have appropriate fire doors, emergency lighting, fire alarms and fire stopping. It also means ensuring we hold private landlords and management companies to the same high standards – to ensure all our residents have safe homes to live in.”

Camden Council says that it has provided support for tenants and that the majority of issues have now been resolved following a reinspection.

This news article was first published on the Camden Council website.


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