A landlord has been fined almost £5,000 for failing to install smoke detectors into a house he let to a family.
The property, in Liverpool, also had electrical sockets hanging off the wall, a broken light fitting and low window sills considered a danger to the three children living there.
The front door had a smashed pane and was screwed shut, meaning the tenant had to use the kitchen door to get in and out of the house.
The landlord, trading as Welsh company Prop Yourself Limited, pleaded guilty under the Housing Act 2004 to failing to comply with an Improvement Notice and was fined £4,000 plus costs of £760.63 and a £180 victim surcharge.
The magistrate noted that the cost of the repairs were relatively minor and that that the absence of fire detection put the tenants at risk of serious injury or worse.
A Liverpool council spokeswoman says: “Being a landlord brings with it responsibilities in making sure that tenants can live in safety and comfort.
“It is shocking that in this case a landlord was quite happy to take rent but unwilling to spend a small amount of money on smoke alarms, making electrics safe and repairing a front door.
“We are determined to take action against landlords if they put tenants at risk and our new Landlord Licensing scheme will give us the ability to redouble our efforts to intervene and force action to improve properties.
“All of this form part of our determination to raise standards and improve the city’s neighbourhoods for residents.”
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