A Lancashire landlord has appeared in court for ignoring instructions from a fire and rescue service to carry out essential maintenance on his property.

On 7 June 2013, officers from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) visited a house in Westminster Road, Morecambe, which was owned by Eli Zohar. LFRS found that the emergency lighting was in a state of disrepair and there was no suitable system of maintenance in place.  Zohar was issued an enforcement notice, which required him to carry out the required maintenance but he failed to comply.

Zohar appeared at Preston Crown Court on 19 January and pleaded guilty breaching reg.32 and reg. 14(2)(h) of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. He was fined a total of £10,500 and ordered to pay £12,000 in costs. (article source, www.frmjournal.com with thanks)