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Fined £8,000

A LETTING company firm Erdington that failed to maintain fire escapes and safety equipment at properties in the town and neighbouring Sutton Coldfield has been fined £8,000.

Ultrabarn plc of Chester Road failed to apply for House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) licences for three properties in Church Road and Chester Road in Erdington and Rectory Road in Sutton Coldfield.

At the Rectory Road property the letting company failed to ensure the means of escape from fire was maintained, and there were holes in the ceiling around service pipes. They also failed to ensure fire fighting equipment and fire alarms were in good working order.

At Chester Road there was a similar breach of HMO regulations regarding means of escape from fire; additionally there was no fire blanket in the communal kitchen, no smoke detectors where required in communal areas, and insanitary conditions and inadequate provision for the disposal of rubbish.

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