Faulty fire alarms

01 June 2017

A Derby landlord, Mr Balbir Mann and his managing agent Platinum Estates, have been prosecuted by Derby City Council over fire safety concerns at one of their properties.

Mr Mann pleaded guilty at Southern Derby Magistrates Court to one charge of failing to comply with an improvement notice served under the Housing Act 2004.

The Council’s Housing Standards Team issued the notice following a property inspection in which they discovered defects including excess fire safety, damp and mould issues.

The notice required Mr Mann to carry out essential repairs and maintenance work to the property.

However, he failed to make the improvements required.

During the same hearing, Ms Nindi Mann, Director of Platinum Estates, pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to comply with The Management of Houses in Multiple Occasion (England) Regulations 2006.

This related to a failure to ensure that fire alarms in the property were maintained and in good working condition.

Mr Mann was fined £500 and ordered to make a contribution of £450 towards the Council’s prosecution costs.

He was also ordered to a pay a victim surcharge of £50.

Platinum Estates was fined £1500 and ordered to make a contribution of £900 towards the Council’s costs. The company was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £100.

John Tomlinson, Service Director for Communities, Environment and Regulatory Services, commented: “The Council’s Housing Standard Team is dedicated to improving living standards for private tenants in Derby and ensuring their safety and well-being is a top priority. Many people across the city live in privately rented properties and there are legal requirements that landlords must follow to ensure properties are fit for purpose.”

Original source

Derby City Council