This landlord got three months — with 15 years tacked on if he ever re-enters the rental business — in what prosecutors say may set a state precedent by holding a landlord criminally responsible, in this case for a fire caused by faulty, home-rigged wiring in his unit.
The outcome of that fire? Five people — an entire family — died, including children ages 7, 6 and 4.
If the punishment seems light, welcome to the tenant’s world, say advocates, because the sentence is no surprise: Landlords simply aren’t held accountable when they fail to meet health and safety codes.
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