Landlord punished for breaching Fire Safety rules

A Yorkshire landlord has been fined £10,000, and ordered to pay £1,185 in costs, by Scarborough magistrates after pleading guilty to breaking fire safety laws.

Nader Tehrani admitted eight contraventions of fire safety rules in a case brought by North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Mr Tehrani was issued with a prohibition notice by fire officers, following a complaint about conditions in the Sussex Street properties. The businessman allowed people to sleep in the premises despite not having an adequate means of escape, fire alarm system or emergency lighting. He also failed to address a number of fire safety deficiencies.

Karen Galloway, prosecuting, stated that “the Fire and Rescue Service’s decision to prosecute was not taken lightly and only in most serious cases.”
Mr Tehrani added in court that he was very sorry and not aware of the fire safety regulations but had taken prompt action to remedy the defects after the prohibition notice was served.

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