The manager of a two-storey flat that posed “a life-threatening risk” to its occupants has been fined more than £5,000.

Martha O’Sullivan managed the flat in Woodhouse Road, Friern Barnet, which was occupied by at least four tenants living within four separate lettings.

But an investigation was brought against Ms O'Sullivan after a managing agent complained that multiple people were living in the flat she managed.

Barnet Council officers found there was no fire alarm system in the flat and no door to its kitchen, which the council said posed “a life-threatening risk” to those living in the flat.

The council also found Ms O’Sullivan had not applied for a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence, which landlords and people managing HMO properties on their behalf are required to have by law.

Ms O’Sullivan was managing the flat for her sister, who owned the property but lived abroad.

But Ms O’Sullivan received rent from people living in the flat and was therefore responsible for licensing and managing the property.

She was convicted at Willesden Magistrates’ Court for failing to acquire an HMO licence and properly manage the flat, and for failing to provide information the council required.

Ms O’Sullivan pleaded guilty to the charges during the hearing on Friday, January 10.

She was ordered to pay £3,100 in fines, £2,000 in costs and a £170 victim surcharge by Willesden Magistrates’ Court.

Councillor Dan Thomas, Leader of Barnet Council, said: “We are focused on making Barnet a great place to live, and this starts at home. Our residents have a right to live in a safe environment.

If you’re responsible for the management of a HMO property, and you fail to obtain an HMO licence, we will use our full enforcement powers against you.”