Milton Keynes landlord jailed for fire safety breaches

The landlord of a Milton Keynes property has been jailed for four months and fined after pleading guilty to fire safety breaches.

Lookman Adeyemi, the registered owner of a house in multiple occupation ( HMO ) in the town, was also fined £10,000 at his sentencing hearing at Amersham Law Courts on 29th March.

Earlier in the month, Mr Adeyemi had pleaded guilty to three offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 following a fire at the property in September 2010 in which a mother and daughter lost their lives.

Sentencing him, His Honour Judge The Lord Parmoor said: “Although your failings did not cause the fire, the fact that one of your tenants and a child died is some indication of the risk run by your tenants, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“You were not dealing with rich people. These were people, some of whom did not have a job. You were dealing with a very vulnerable clientele.”

Mr Adeyemi previously admitting to having insufficient fire detectors and alarms at the premises, failing to make a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment and failing to ensure that quick and safe evacuation was possible.