A landlord who failed to comply with an Improvement Notice and carry out essential repairs to his property was ordered to pay fines and costs of almost £800 following an investigation by Harrogate Borough Council.
Private landlord Damian John Green, of Heather Lea Avenue in Sheffield, failed to carry out the required works to his rental property on Robert Street, Harrogate, within the agreed time of the variation notice.
Green pleaded guilty to non-compliance of an Improvement Notice for substandard and rotten window sashes and frames, despite the initial notice being varied to provide additional time for compliance within a time-frame agreed with the landlord.
The defendant did not attend the hearing at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court. Instead he entered a guilty plea by post and was fined £400, ordered to pay the council’s costs of £351 and a victim surcharge of £40.
Councillor Mike Chambers, Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “This successful prosecution demonstrates the council’s ongoing commitment to safeguarding the rights of private tenants in the district.
“We are dedicated to ensuring that landlords operate within the law and provide safe accommodation for residents.
“We do not tolerate poor housing standards or complete disregard for tenant welfare.
“Wherever possible we will continue to work with landlords to improve the private rented sector, but will not hesitate to take enforcement action where necessary, and prosecute for further disregard and non-compliance as a last resort.”
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Four weeks of prosecutions by Brent Council in north London has seen six successful results with total court fines for rogue landlords of £97,727, the highest amount recorded by Brent in such a short period.
One private landlord, Bernard Patrick McGowan, was ordered by Willesden Magistrates Court to pay more than £40,000 last week for failing to licence a flat in Craven Park, Harlesden, which was above commercial premises. He had also failed to take into account disrepair issues in the property with two children living in poor conditions.
Two weeks ago, Willesden Magistrates Court also fined five defendants a total of £18,700 for HMO licensing offences. The charges were failure to licence an HMO, breaches of management of an HMO, failure to respond to notices, victim surcharges and costs in respect to a property at 127 Monks Park in Wembley.
The property was in a potentially dangerous condition having inadequate fire protection, defective lighting and disrepair to stair coverings.
The landlords of 74 Sudbury Avenue in Wembley were last month fined almost £6,000 for failure to licence an HMO and for failing to comply with HMO management regulations.
Councillor Harbi Farah, cabinet member for housing, said: “It’s vital that we prosecute landlords who break licensing rules because they are putting tenants at risk by allowing living conditions that can be dangerous and unsafe.
“By taking legal action we are protecting tenants and making sure that standards are high in our private rented sector.”
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