Letting Agent Fined after Breaching Health and Safety Regulations

26 June 2012 Categories: News

Letting Agent Fined after Breaching Health and Safety Regulations

Mrs Alba Lopez, a letting agent working on behalf of two flat owners in Camden, London, has been fined over £3000 for breaching health and safety laws within the properties and then letting the flats as unlicensed HMOs. Mrs Lopez, signed an agreement to let the flats on behalf of the owners before constructing illegal partitions in the living room of each flat to create more bedrooms, and hence a higher rental income.

Highbury Corner Magistrates Court heard how Mrs Lopez initially failed to apply for a licence to market the flats as HMOs, and following this discovery the health and safety breaches became apparent. According to the prosecutor working on behalf of Camden Council the illegal partitions meant that only one of the six tenants could exit the flat without having to travel through the communal kitchen. It was also mentioned that the new bedroom doors were not regulation fire-proof, they were not self-closing and there were no fire detection systems or alarms in either flat.

Councillor Abdul Hai of Camden Council commented on the outcome saying, “We do not want flats, designed for families, to be altered and sub-let in multiple occupation. We take the health and safety of our residents extremely seriously and will use the strongest powers possible to prosecute unscrupulous landlords. Negligent landlords who flout the law will not be tolerated in Camden.”