07 Oct 2019

A buy-to-let landlord in Sutton has been ordered to pay more than £2,000 after failing to provide acceptable living conditions for his tenants.

Jonathan Patrick Hoey was found guilty of breaching an emergency prohibition order by the district council issued two months earlier.

The action was taken in relation to a property he owned on Seagate Farm in Long Sutton, Spalding, Lincolnshire.

Violations included safety hazards, including unsafe lighting and plug sockets.

After failing to resolve these issues, a prohibition order was served after council officers inspected the property in a joint operation with Lincolnshire Police in March 2019.

The property was inspected by the council again two months later, who found that the property was again occupied. The serious hazards had also not been rectified, leaving the landlord facing a day in court.

Hoey initially pleaded not guilty, but later changed his plea to guilty.

He was fined £1,350 with a £135 victim surcharge and costs of £808.76. This made for a total amount payable of £2.293.76

Cllr Christine Lawton, South Holland District Council portfolio holder for housing and health, commented: “We have a duty to all of our residents to ensure that they are kept safe and protected from dangerous or unsuitable conditions.

“In order to achieve this we regularly inspect these buildings and in this instance our officers identified major concerns that could seriously endanger anyone visiting or living in the household.

“We are pleased with the result and hope it sends a strong message to rogue landlords or neglectful property owners in the district that we will always take action when appropriate.”

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