December 2016 – Manchester Landlord has been ordered to serve 12 month jail sentence

A Manchester landlord has been ordered to serve a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, with 200 hours unpaid work and told to pay £11,025 costs after fire officers found numerous dangerous features to a property under his ownership. A fire safety officer came upon Mr Karamat Hussain’s property by chance, uncovering a series of safety issues including a broken fire alarm, a lack of effective fire doors, empty extinguishers used as doorstops, holes in roofs, a ceiling comprised of plastic sheeting, plus mattresses and boxes blocking fire exits. Mr Hussain was also not able to produce a fire risk assessment – although he says he paid £700 to have one done, reports the Manchester Evening News. Prosecutor Julian King told Hussain’s sentencing hearing that a fire safety officer was passing the building in July 2015 when he saw a young child at the window and became concerned for their safety. He entered the building, discovered the dangerous problems and returned 12 times over a 14-month period in an attempt to bring the building up to scratch. Despite being served an enforcement notice within weeks of the first visit, the building was still not up to standard when the fire safety officer returned earlier this year.