A landlord has been fined £25,000 after putting tenants at risk of fire by letting multiple bedsits above a commercial property.
Irshad Ibrahim was also stripped of £5,000 in rental income after an investigation at the south London property by the police, council and London Fire Brigade in May 2012.
Ibrahim, the owner of a single storey industrial unit in Mitcham, let five bedsits above the premises, with inadequate fire separation of the bedsits and just one escape route through the property.
He admitted to 10 offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 at Kingston Crown Court.
Nick Coombe, a member of the London Fire Brigade’s fire safety regulation management team, told Inside Housing: “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.”
Richard Lambert, chief executive officer of the National Landlords Association, said: “The NLA fully supports action against criminals who let sub-standard or dangerous property and show blatant disregard for the law and their responsibility towards tenants.
“It is vital that landlords understand their responsibilities, which NLA is well equipped to help them with.”