Landlord jailed after jockeys die in HMO arson attack

Landlord Alan Foster was jailed for a year after a court heard how two teenage jockeys died in an arson attack after a drunken row.

The landlord, 65, pleaded guilty to four charges of breaking fire safety rules for houses in multiple in occupation (HMOs) at Leeds Crown Court.

The jockeys Jamie Kyne, 18, and Jan Wilson, 19, lived in a flat in Foster’s HMO.

The property was torched by labourer Peter Brown after he was barred from joining a party with the jockeys.

He was jailed for seven and a half years after being found guilty of manslaughter at Leeds Crown Court.

HMO property companies fined

Two property companies and their managers were fined £27,000 and ordered to pay £25,000 costs for breaching HMO rules in Newport, Gwent.

Mahmood Hassan and Mohammed Hassan, both of the same address in Cardiff, admitted licensing and breaking fire and safety rules at two HMOs they managed for Topaz Property Company and Lainebridge Trading, when appearing before Abergavenny Magistrates.

No-show landlord arrested

Landlord Mark Graft, of Warwick Avenue, Edgeware, London, was fined £9,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 costs for failing to licence six HMOs in Manor Park, East London.

He did not turn up for the hearing at Inner London Crown Court and was arrested on a warrant and held in custody by the judge.

The court heard all the properties were in a poor state, and Graft was barred from letting one by a council prohibition order.

Hazards included damp, mould, fire and electrical hazards including exposed wires, overcrowding and severely rotten windows.

Ignoring council costs landlords £2,000

Landlord Vispasp Sarkari repeatedly ignored requests from Brent Council, London, to give details of his interest in a dilapidated rental property, magistrates at Willesden were told.

Brent Council wanted the information to serve improvement notices on the owner to properly maintain the home.

Sarkari was found guilty of failing to act on a legal notice and was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £1,000 costs.

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