A landlord from Salford has been fined more than £15,000 after pleading guilty to five breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and one offense under the Housing Act 2004.

Raviv Dozetas pleaded guilty at Boston Magistrates court on 18th May 2012 and was fined £3,500 for not carrying out a risk assessment and failing to provide an adequate fire alarm, £1,000 each for the other offences and costs of £3,285.75.

The property, a four storey semi-detached house which had been converted into nine flats, was visited by housing and fire safety officers and a notice was issued prohibiting residents to live in the upper floor flats. A battery operated smoke detector had been fitted by fire officers so residents could stay in the ground floor flats.

Residents at the property claimed that smoke detectors in their flats had been covered up with blanking caps. Also some doors were ill fitted and self-closing devices had been removed from a number of fire doors.

There was no fire fighting equipment at the property and the emergency lighting was not working. In addition a number of detectors were missing outside some of the flats. Although there was a fire alarm at the property, the control panel had been changed and was not compatible.

Mr Dozetas was also fined £1,000 for renting out the property without a licence with Bolton Council costs of £1,000.

Source: info4fire

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