East Sussex Fire Authority has successfully brought a prosecution against a Henfield property management company for failing to respond to all reasonable enquiries regarding fire safety information relating to a premise managed by Adelaide Property Management Limited and owned by a related company Adelaide Homes (Sussex) Limited.
Adelaide Property Management Limited were ordered to pay a fine of £1,000 reduced to £667.00 in view of a guilty plea provided by Adelaide Property Management Limited. In addition, the company was ordered to pay a Victim surcharge £67.00 and the Fire Authority’s full costs of £1475.34 for bringing the case to court.
From October 2018 onwards, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service made a number of informal and formal requests for fire safety information, Adelaide Property Management Limited failed to respond to all reasonable inquires which left the service no option but to take the matter to the courts.
The request for information related to concerns raised with regards to fire safety matters in a block of flats managed by Adelaide Property Management Limited and owned by a related company Adelaide Homes (Sussex) Limited.
Adelaide Property Management Limited were summoned to appear at Brighton Magistrates Court on 17 th
July 2019, at which time, the company pleaded guilty to the offence. In sentencing, the Magistrates commented that this is a serious matter and that the most appropriate sentence was a maximum fine permitted for a level 3 offence.
Business Safety Group Manager, Andrew Gausden stated: “I wish to remind businesses that they have a clear duty to provide information relating to fire safety in buildings and where this information is not provided in a timely manner, we will take formal action to ensure public safety.”
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