Morecambe landlord flouted fire safety regulations

Preston Magistrates Court
Preston Magistrates Court
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A landlord has admitted serious fire safety breaches at a block of flats occupied by several people.

Eli Zohar 68, of Marine Road West, Morecambe, put lives at risk despite having being served with a notice by fire safety inspectors.

Zohar, who owns properties in Morecambe and Lancaster, was prosecuted by Lancashire Fire and Rescue over failures to comply with an enforcement notice served on June 10 on Westminster Road, Morecambe, which related to ensuring the adequacy of fire precautions, and failing to effectively maintain his emergency lighting.

It was served following an inspection of the flats three days earlier.

He pleaded guilty to two offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 before Preston magistrates and will be sentenced at Preston Crown Court on December 12.

A Lancashire Fire and Rescue spokesman said: “Mr Zohar is a landlord of a large number of properties in the Morecambe area, and has a duty to ensure that his tenants are provided a safe environment. We hope that this prosecution will ensure the standard of his properties are kept within the requirements of the law.

“In our constant drive to make Lancashire safer, fire safety enforcement teams are actively seeking out such premises. We would hope the outcome of this case sends a clear message fire safety is a priority issue that should always be addressed before tenants or guests are accommodated.

“The consequences of the inadequate fire safety measures and management could have led to serious injury or loss of life and circumstances left us no option but to take this action.”