The building in Edgbaston, Birmingham, was found to have the escape route blocked by a washing machine, several emergency lights incorrectly fitted, a damaged fire door and two faulty detection units. Fire officers had raised concerns back in 2010 before a complaint by a member of the public in 2013 resulted in Mr Bassiri being officially warned about his conduct.
Having failed to rectify the problems, despite repeated demands, Judge Mary Stacey made it clear Bassiri had placed financial gain over the safety of his tenants, handing down a 19-month custodial sentence along with costs of £13,820 to Mr Bassiri.
“You have been greedy, you have been cynical and you have been exploitative of the occupants of this property in your control,” said the judge.
“Having failed to address the matters raised by the fire brigade you responded to their attempts to get you to comply with your legal obligations by being aggressive, by bullying behaviour, by threatening to take them to court and expose them to the press.”
Appearing in court for the second time in four years on similar charges, Bassiri had previously been handed a six-month suspended sentence in 2012 for breaching fire safety laws at a different property.
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