Bosses of Bury nightclubs fined found guilty of breaching fire safety regulations

The bosses of a number of nightclubs located in Bury have been fined, having been found to breach fire safety legislation, according to an article published by Both Kevin Clarke and Stephen Bailey appeared to face charges under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, before Bury magistrates court on September 7. The charges [...] Continue reading

Council warns of tough punishment for landlords negligent of safety

Bath and North East Somerset Council have warned landlords that they will face full legal action if their properties aren’t deemed to be in a safe enough condition, according to an article published by The warning follows two recent prosecutions – one of which specifically related to the breaching of fire safety regulations. Richard [...] Continue reading

Heavy fine for takeaway’s fire safety breaches

An Eastleigh takeaway owner has been fined nearly £12,000 for failing to sort out fire safety. Iskender Anik, of the Istanbul Grill, pleaded guilty to five breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 at Southampton Magistrates Court on September 1. Anik had breached a prohibition order forbidding anyone to sleep in the accommodation [...] Continue reading

Landlords should be aware of fire responsibility

Social landlords have been urged to get to grips with fire safety legislation to ensure they know who has responsibility in their properties, according to a specialist lawyer. Writing for Inside Housing, Ashley Borthwick from TLT says in some cases, the sole responsibility for fire safety may not fall entirely on the landlord. He suggests [...] Continue reading

New list for fire safety check schemes

Passive fire protection – such as fire doors, smokescreens and fire resistant ceilings – are as important for residential and business properties as fire alarms and emergency lighting. The Passive Fire Protection Federation has now launched an exhaustive list of certified schemes which are able to check passive fire protection work meets legislative standards, to [...] Continue reading

Emergency lighting failure lands £5,000 fine

A manager has been fined £5,000 after failing to meet fire safety requirements at a Derbyshire hotel. James Knapette, formerly in charge of Kedleston Country Hotel , pleaded guilty to failing to meet an enforcement notice to improve fire safety at the hotel. Derbyshire Magistrates Court fined him £3,000, with another £2,000 in legal costs, [...] Continue reading

Calls for retrospective fire safety measures in flats

The British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association is set to undertake a UK first fire safety project to lobby Government as it seeks to improve fire safety in blocks of flats – especially high-rise buildings. A recent Government report by the chief fire and rescue adviser, Sir Ken Knight, focused on the 2009 Lakanal House fire, [...] Continue reading

Landlord fined for fire failures

A landlord who let an “unsafe” house to tenants after being ordered to provide adequate fire safety measures has been fined £500 and ordered to pay almost £3,000 in costs. The lack of fire safety equipment was highlighted after a fire at the property last year. The Rochdale News reports that landlord Mohammed Aziz rent [...] Continue reading

Electrical safety guidance for landlords

A new document offering electrical safety guidance for communal areas in residential properties has been released. The Electrical Safety Council has produced the document to outline the safety requirements and responsibilities for landlords, after many said such guidance would be useful. The guide contains legislation and guidelines to ensure communal areas – such as hallways, [...] Continue reading

Flats now covered by fire safety guidance

New recommendations which aim to improve fire safety in flats, sheltered housing and student accommodation have been released by the Government. The document encourages landlords to ensure their properties have adequate emergency lighting, exit signs, fire alarms and escape procedures. Fire Safety Guidance for Purpose-Built Blocks of Flats is the result of hard work between [...] Continue reading