The former owner of a London Bayswater hotel has been told to pay London’s biggest-ever fine for an individual for violating fire safety rules at the Radnor Hotel, which London Fire Brigade said put guests’ lives in jeopardy.

The then-owner Salim Patel has been fined £200,000 after a successful prosecution. He also was ordered to pay £30,000 in court costs and was given a four month suspended prison sentence. In all, he pled guilty to seven offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

The court was told fire safety officers were stunned when they toured the six-floor, 18-room hotel to complete a routine inspection.

Originally, Patel was given an enforcement notice that required him to address the safety concerns and make the hotel safer for guests, but follow-up visits found he had done nothing.

Court action followed.