Property management company fined for fire safety breaches

REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT Eurolets (UK) Limited has been ordered to pay more than £ 80,000 for security breaches which “potentially put large numbers of people at risk of death or serious injury from fire”. London Fire Brigade (LFB) inspectors discovered “serious fire safety flaws” during two visits to a five-story building on Danbury Street in Islington operated by the company.

An enforcement notice requiring Eurolets (UK) Limited to address fire safety concerns was issued following a visit in 2016. Subsequent compliance was sufficient. However, a subsequent visit then found defects similar to those found in the previous inspection.

The Danbury Street building consists of over 40 self-catering apartments rented to tenants. Inspections revealed deficiencies, including combustible materials near the entrance to the premises, a lack of fire extinguishers and signage, stuck doors, holes in the walls, and a non-functioning fire alarm system.

Ten separate offenses

Eurolets (UK) Limited was charged with ten separate offenses under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, as the company pleaded guilty to all counts. The case was heard by Westminster Magistrates’ Court earlier this month. Here is the full list of charges and penalties:

* non-observance of general precautions in case of fire
* failure to conduct an appropriate and sufficient fire risk assessment
* failure to ensure appropriate arrangements in case of fire
* failure to ensure that the exit routes were clear and unlocked
* failure to ensure appropriate fire safety measures are in place and to convey appropriate details to employees and residents
* lack of maintenance and warranty of fire safety equipment
* failure to provide employees with sufficient information on fire safety
* failure to provide adequate safety training
* failure to ensure adequate structural compartmentalization
* surcharge for combustible items during second inspection

The president of the tribunal ruled that the company “was far from appropriate standards” and that there was “a serious and / or systemic failure within the organization” to face the risks involved.

Eurolets (UK) Limited was ordered to pay a fine of £ 60,000 on the first count (with no separate penalties for the other counts), a victim fine surcharge of £ 170 and costs of £ 20,000. The total fine of £ 80,170 is to be paid over ten months at the rate of £ 8,000 per month.

Residents endangered

Paul Jennings, LFB’s deputy fire safety commissioner, said :, coupled with the only means of escape being swarmed by smoke. In sentencing, the judge made it clear that she had increased the fine because of the large number of residents who had been put at risk by the company’s lack of action to address the concerns expressed.

Jennings added, “We are pleased with the outcome of this case, thanks to the hard work carried out every day by our fire safety inspectors. It should also serve as a warning to property managers that we will not hesitate to act in situations where people do not take their responsibilities seriously. “

In conclusion, Jennings noted: “There is no excuse for leaving people’s safety to chance, especially since the information is so readily available to those responsible for building safety that they can fully understand. what their obligations are and ensure that they comply with the law. . “

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