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A Brighton and Hove letting agent has pledged that all 300 of his properties are safe for human habitation after he was prosecuted by the local council for endangering the lives of students.
Ahmed Khalil, owner and director of Khalil Properties in Lewes Road, Brighton was prosecuted after failing to ensure fire safety measures were properly maintained at two of the student properties he manages.
Khalil argued to local paper The Argus that he had already installed extra fire alarms and fire doors and work had been signed off by Brighton and Hove Council before it took him to court.
He said: ‘These properties are now safe and there are measures in place to make sure all my other properties are safe.’
Khalil pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching fire safety regulations at Brighton Magistrates’ Court last month. The council had argued that his negligence could have put his tenants’ lives at risk.
One of the student properties, located in Buller Road, had a lack of adequate fire detection and fire doors. There was also no fire blanket and a fuse board that was not properly enclosed. The second property, situated in Moulsecoomb Way, required work to extend the fire alarm system. This had not been carried out.
Khalil manages 300 properties in the city. However, due to his inability to properly manage the two homes in question, he was fined £2,400 and costs of £1,200.
Khalil continued: ‘Work was required on the properties but it was completed before it went to court. As soon as the things that needed doing were brought to my attention I made sure they were done straight away. And the whole structure of the company has changed so this can’t happen again.’
Lead member for private rented sector housing, Councillor Tracey Hill, said: ‘We do not take prosecutions lightly.’