No fire doors or smoke detectors

08 August 2017

A Birmingham landlord has been ordered to pay more than £10,000 after being found guilty of failing to comply with an improvement notice.

Mr Majid Ali, pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing to not carrying out works at a rental property in Selly Oak, as set out in an improvement notice served under the Housing Act 2004.

He was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £5,837.35p in costs plus a £170 victim surcharge – totalling £10,007.

Birmingham City Council brought the prosecution after housing officers visited the property – home to three students – in July 2016 and served Ali with an improvement notice the following August, after significant hazards were found at the property. 

These included having no mains-powered or linked smoke detectors and no fire doors.

Officers returned to the address on 16 November 2016, when it was discovered the improvement notice had not been complied with.

Robert James, director of housing at Birmingham City Council, said: “Ali displayed a total disregard for the health and safety of the occupants and the property was in a poor condition with inadequate fire precautions. I am glad that we have been able to bring this landlord to justice.”

Original source

Birmingham Newsroom