Samah Ahmed

Assistant editor, IFSEC Global

December 3, 2019

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Prosecution: Fire safety breach leads to first ever letting ban for landlord

A landlord has been banned from letting in England for fire safety risks and overall breaches against the Housing Act 2004.

Cesar De Sousa Melo was fined £14,000 and banned for four years in letting any house in England for fire breaches and putting the tenants’ lives in danger, a tribunal court heard.

Camden council reported that after investigation, it was found that there were no adequate fire/smoke alarms in a Goldington Crescent flat or a flat in Gray’s Inn Road that Mr Melo was letting.

The council said: “Tenants’ health and safety at Goldington Crescent was placed at risk through non-working fire alarms, a kitchen door broken off its hinges and the property being overcrowded, and the kitchen was too small.”

All tenants were identified as young, overseas tenants who were vulnerable to exploitation, that had their health and safety ‘compromised’ throught the landlord’s neglect.

This case is the first of its kind in London, where a landlord is banned from letting for numerous safety breaches including fire.

Mr Melo’s operation at all the flats has no been ceased, and all the flats have been fitted with working smoke/fire detectors.

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