Former deputy council leader set to face 25 charges in court - including potentially putting tenants at risk of death.

The property on Main Ridge West which Raymond Singleton-McGuire faces charges for. EMN-141126-110303001
The property on Main Ridge West which Raymond Singleton-McGuire faces charges for. EMN-141126-110303001

The former deputy leader of Boston Borough Council is set to face 25 charges in relation to his responsibilities as a landlord tomorrow (Thursday) - including four of potentially putting tenants at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire.

Coun Raymond Singleton-McGuire, of Spilsby Road, Boston, is set to appear at the town’s magistrates’ court from 10am tomorrow for a hearing into his charges which relate to a house in multiple occupancy (HMO) at 15 Main Ridge West, in Boston.

Raymond Singleton-McGuire

Raymond Singleton-McGuire

He faces four charges of failing to comply with requirements or prohibitions set by regulations where the failure risked death/serious injury in case of fire.

Five further charges include being the manager of a HMO without a licence, with one count mentioning that the electrical distribution board was in an open and unprotected cupboard at the bottom of the stairs of the main fire escape route.

The final 16 charges he faces are in regards to failing to comply with several regulations in respect of the management of housing in multiple occupation - they include not having fire doors in bedrooms and kitchens, having no fire detection in rooms let as living accomodation or kitchens, cookers located dangerously in relation to electrical sockets, windows being in a poor state of repair, dirt, broken toilets and damaged light switches and cords. He also failed to provide electrical and gas safety certificates after being asked to produce one.

Coun Singleton-McGuire was removed from his post as deputy leader and finance portfolio holder pending the legal action relating to his personal business interests.

The action is being brought by the council itself, along with the fire service.