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'Greedy' landlord put profit before safety.

A "GREEDY and cynical" landlord who put "profit before the safety of tenants" has been jailed.

Cyrus Bassiri was sent to prison for 19 months over a "catalogue" of safety breaches at a four-storey address he owned in Hagley Road, Edgbaston.

Birmingham Crown Court heard two fire alarms did not work, an escape route was blocked by a washing machine and display cabinet, emergency lighting was incorrectly fitted and a fire door was damaged.

Jailing him for 19 months, Judge Mary Stacey said Bassiri responded to firefighters' concerns by being "aggressive and bullying".

She told him: "You have been greedy, you have been cynical and you have been exploitative of the occupants of this property in your control.

"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."

Bassiri was also ordered to pay PS13,820 costs.

The 59-year-old had previously admitted three charges of failing to take general fire precautions and two of failing to comply with an enforcement notice.

Mark Jackson, prosecuting, said Bassiri was handed a sixmonth suspended sentence for fire safety breaches at an address in Slade Road, Erdington, in April 2012. He said officers found a string of problems at the Hagley Road premises in 2010.

And a number of new safety breaches were identified after a complaint in March 2013.

Mr Jackson said Bassiri failed to act on repeated improvement demands over the next six months.

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