Landlords disregard for tenants safety ends up in prosecution

November 8, 2011

CIA Let Property Blog

Landlord fined for failing to maintain his property

A landlord has been fined £2000 for leaving his tenants to live in a house with no heating or hot water.

It is the latest successful prosecution taken by Redbridge council against rouge landlords.

On Thursday 29th September 2011, David McDonnell from Ilford was fined at Redbridge magistrates court for failing to provide documents related to gas and electricity safety and also not maintaining his property to the standards it should be for a multi occupied house. He was also ordered to pay court fees of £251.

Tenants who lived in the property in Ilford notified the council in November 2010 that the house had no heating or hot water during one of the coldest times of the year. The landlord then got served an emergency statutory notice which said he must carry out the work that needed to be done to restore the heating and hot water.

Shelter - Housing and homelessness charity

Mr McDonnell told the council he would fix the major problem but nothing was done and the council had to intervene. A contractor hired by the council did the work that needed to be done and the costs will be passed onto Mr McDonnell.

Housing officers found more problems when inspecting the property that could but the tenants at risk of injury, this then began the prosecution proceedings.

This successful prosecution comes as shelter, a housing and homelessness charity in the UK, is running a national campaign to stamp out rouge landlords.

Redbridge council over the past year have prosecuted 16 landlords for over a total of 88 offences.

 

Source – Landlord & buy-to-let

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