Owner fined after inspection at Ripley house

A fine of more than £4,500 was imposed by Derbyshire Magistrates after a house in multiple occupation was found to be a serious danger.

On Thursday 30th June, Tanevilya Taslioglu (42) was prosecuted by Amber Valley Borough Council, for 8 offences of failing to comply with the Houses in Multiple Occupation Regulations 2006.

The premises at 2 High Street, Ripley, consist of a hot food takeaway to the ground floor, with external access stairs leading to two floors of accommodation above.  The business and the residential premises are the responsibility of Mr Tanevliya Taslioglu.

The accommodation above was found to be a House in Multiple Occupation, which consisted of four bedrooms, communal living room, kitchen and bathroom. The premises were in a state of disrepair, with no heating, dangerous electrics and a lack of safety checks in relation to the gas and electrical supply.  Three rooms were occupied at the time of the inspection on 29th October 2015, and a further room on the second floor, believed to have also been used as a bedroom, was only accessible through the adjacent bedroom and had no opening window.

The primary concern within the premises was of fire safety.  The building had no means of detecting a fire and no signs that smoke detection had ever been installed. It had no protected escape route, with the only means of escape being down an unlit, steep staircase and through the communal kitchen. In the event of a fire, there would have been very little chance, particularly for the occupiers of the second floor, escaping from the building.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue deemed the risk so imminent that a Prohibition Order was served on the day of the initial inspection which resulted in all occupiers leaving the building.  A further Prohibition Order was put in place by Amber Valley Borough Council in relation to hazards identified at a further inspection under the Housing Act 2004.

In mitigation, Mr Taslioglu apologised and stated that he was responsible for the property but did not maintain and repair the property as he should. He said that the business was not profitable and therefore he did not have the money to carry out work to the property.

When sentencing the Magistrates took into account his early guilty plea and the mitigation he put forward and sentenced him to a fine of £4,520.00 for all offences, prosecution costs of £432.00 and a victim surcharge of £44.00, making a total of £4,996.00.

Amber Valley Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Housing and Public Health, Coun David Taylor, commented: “This case clearly demonstrates how seriously the Council views the issue of housing safety and highlights the close working relationship we enjoy with the Fire and Rescue Service. We were pleased with the outcome and will continue to rigorously purse such dangerous breaches.”

For further information contact Natalie Osei, Litigation Solicitor for Amber Valley Borough Council on 01773 841447.

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