Fire services warning to property landlords

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LANDLORDS and agents of blocks of flats are being warned to make sure they are conforming with fire safety legislation in the wake of a blaze in nearby Scarborough.

Landlord Mr McFerren was fined £5,500 and ordered to pay £2,400 prosecution costs this week at York Crown Court following a fire at one of his flats in Queen Street in May last year.

An investigation of Mr Mcferren’s property revealed serious fire safety deficiencies.

He had continued to rent out the flats in the premises despite the fire safety inadequacies present including renting out the flats despite them not having adequate fire precautions including an adequate risk assessment, a fully functioning fire alarm and fire detection system and failure to maintain general fire provision.

Station manager Richard Hanley of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service said: “The majority of business premises that we visit under our audit schedule are well-managed, however, we continue to find buildings where the legislation does apply, which do not have adequate fire risk assessments or fire safety provisions.

“The conviction of Mr Mcferren on this matter shows how seriously the Fire Authority and the courts view those who put the safety of others at risk in the event of a fire.”

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to remind business owners that it is important they are aware of legislative requirements they need to comply with including having an up to date fire risk assessment.

In order to help businesses to understand their responsibilities under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 RRO, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue is organising a series of information seminars throughout the county.

To find out more and register your interest email business.requests@northyorksfire.gov.uk or for other fire safety information call (01609) 788545 or visit www.northyorksfire.gov.uk. where links to business guidance documents can be found.