An inspection of the premises by LFB identified a number of fire safety failings. These included inadequate fire separation between the five bedsits, only one single escape route, no fire risk assessment, no emergency lighting, and no fire safety arrangements between the commercial and residential parts of the building.
Ibrahim appeared at Kingston Crown Court on 5 March and pleaded guilty to ten breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. He was fined a total of £12,000 and ordered to pay £7,000 in costs. The court also confiscated £5,000 revenue he had received in rent and ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £1,200.
Nick Coombe from the LFB fire safety management team believes the verdict will send out a strong message to landlords. He said: ‘This verdict should serve as a stark warning to landlords who rent out unsafe, unsuitable living conditions to some of the capital’s most vulnerable people. Landlords have a clear responsibility under fire safety laws to ensure that people living and working in their premises are safe from the risk of fire.’