A company trading as ‘Crestcourt Properties Ltd’, was fined a substantial total of £177,000 for serious breaches of fire safety regulations. Mr Brotherton, the company owner, pleaded guilty to four charges under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 at Reading Magistrates Court on the 24th August 2018.

Royal Berkshire Fire Authority prosecuted the landlord who put tenants’ lives at serious risk in the event of fire. This included fire alarms not working, a lack of sufficient fire doors and an external escape route in a poor state of repair for a property occupied as a house of multiple occupation.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Simon Jefferies, said: “Our priority is to ensure the safety of the people of Berkshire. We will always work with landlords to maintain fire safety standards in premises and prosecution is the last resort. However, we hope that the significant level of this fine will send a clear message to all property owners that they have a duty to keep our communities safe and if they put anyone at risk by breaking the law, we won’t hesitate to prosecute.”

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Original article: https://www.rbfrs.co.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/2018/september/reading-landlord-handed-177k-fine-for-failing-fire-safety-regulations/