A firm of estate agents in Bexhill, with branches across Kent and Sussex, have been fined more than £28,000 and ordered to pay court costs in excess of £10,000 after being found guilty of breaching fire safety regulations in properties that they managed.
Following a fatal fire in 2011 East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service inspected the premises, discovering inadequate fire protection, lack of separation of fire escape routes and fire alarms, as well as no emergency lighting. During the 2011 fire, an occupant became trapped on the top floor and had to be rescued by firefighters.
Due to the fact that the agents had not taken any steps to improve fire safety at the properties for more than four years, and ultimately had a fatal fire, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service ESFRS felt they had other choice than to prosecute the company.
*Source: Landlord Today