Sutton Coldfield landlord slammed for putting ‘tenants’ lives at risk’

A Sutton Coldfield landlord has been tarnished for putting the lives of his tenants at risk by failing to complete a number of safety measures at their property.

The owner of a three-storey property let to five individuals, pleaded guilty to a list of breaches to landlord regulations creating a fire risk.

Investigation concluded that the property had no smoke detectors in the bedrooms, no fire blanket in the kitchen, lack of emergency lighting on the escape route, missing staircase handrails, no fire doors and broken guttering.

It was found that the landlord’s main business is home improvements and was said to be aware of the required safety regulations.

The tenants were said to be ‘vulnerable’ and on low incomes, residing in a property in which the fire precautions were ‘inadequate’ and the property condition was ‘generally neglected’.

He admitted failing to obtain an HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) licence and ‘numerous breaches’ of the HMO Management Regulations.

He has been fined £25,000 on Thursday, March 29 at Birmingham Magistrates Court. In addition to the £25,000 fine, Mr Freeman was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170 and costs to Birmingham City Council of £2,454.

Even though your landlord isn’t required to make cosmetic improvements to your home, they have a legal responsibility to keep it in a reasonable state of repair

While your landlord does not have to make improvements to your home, they do have a responsibility to keep it in a reasonable state of repair.

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