A landlord has been ordered to pay a total of £3,040 by a court for renting out a loft room which tenants had to go on all fours, up a staircase to access.
Barnet’s Environmental Health Team found that the low ceiling above the staircase and small entrance hatch made it impossible for tenants to reach the room while standing upright, raising concerns it could impede their escape in the event of a fire.
Head height along the course of the staircase was found to be between just 0.7 and 1.2m, and the door to the room was also reduced in size.
Landlord Yaakov Marom, of Sunningfields Road, Hendon, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with an order served by the council prohibiting occupation of the loft room.
He was ordered to pay a £1,500 fine, £1,420 in costs and a victim surcharge of £120.
The council first issued a Prohibition Order in February 2012 which prohibited use of the second floor room of the house that he managed in Sunningfields Road.
But a visit to the property with council officers and police last September last year revealed that the room was still in use and being rented by a couple for £420 a month.
Two men and two girls have been arrested over the murder of a man who was stabbed during an apparent robbery in broad daylight. Police and paramedics were called to Hendon in north-west London at 4.45pm yesterday and found the 38-year-old man at the junction of Brent Street and Parson Street.