fire safety

09 Nov 23

A landlord and a property management company have been found guilty of putting tenants at risk after a council probe.

Kensington and Chelsea council officers made a dawn raid at the 22-bedroom house of multiple occupation at Hyde Park Gate in 2021, where they found multiple fire and damp risks.

Blackstone Properties Management Limited and the director of the company – Mohamed Ali Rasool – were this month fined a total of £480,000 plus costs at Westminster Magistrate Court.

Officers found defective and damaged fire doors, inadequate fire separation between bedrooms and protection in the boiler room or lobby, covered fire alarms, burnt out and loose electrical sockets. 

Tenants were cooking in their room using camping-style facilities without proper kitchen facilities. There was rising damp and mould growth throughout the property and single glazed windows with rotten frames, draughts and broken sashes. 

The inside of the property was so damp that mushrooms were growing in upper floors.

A council spokesperson says: “Let this judgement be a clear lesson to other landlords and agents – if you are offering poor quality accommodation we will find you and we will come after you.

“We want the best homes in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Our landlord licensing schemes are seeking out the bad operators to ensure safer homes for everyone and a fairer market for good operators.

“Privately rented homes form a crucial part of our housing mix but they must be up to scratch. Our teams stand by to help and assist landlords in answering concerns or offering suggestions about how to improve your properties.”

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