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Landlord's loft room scheme earns him £3,000 fine

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Legal, Local Government

Landlord's loft room scheme earns him 3,000 fine Landlord's loft room scheme earns him 3,000 fine

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A landlord who rented out a loft room which tenants had to go on all fours up a staircase to access has been hit with a £3,000 fine for his troubles.

Barnet Council's environmental health team found that the low ceiling above the staircase and small entrance hatch made it impossible for tenants to reach the room while standing upright, raising concerns it could impede their escape in the event of a fire.

Head height along the course of the staircase was found to be between 0.7 and 1.2m, and the door to the room was also reduced in size.

Landlord Yaakov Marom, of Sunningfields Road, Hendon, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with an order served by the council prohibiting occupation of the loft room.

Councillor Tom Davey, chairman of the housing committee, said: “At the very least tenants have the right to expect that the accommodation they are renting is safe.

“Barnet Council is keen to work with landlords and help them to provide safe accommodation.

“However, those who exploit tenants for financial gain will not be tolerated and the appropriate action will be taken.”

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