BTL landlord ordered to pay £9,500 for failing to maintain property

02 Mar 2020

A buy-to-let landlord in Liverpool has been ordered to pay almost £9.500 after failing to provide acceptable living conditions for his tenant.

John William Kildare was found guilty of failing to comply with an Improvement Notice after allowing his tenant to live in dangerous conditions.

According to Liverpool City Council, the Hanford Avenue property, in Orrel Park, had a long list of issues including damp, mould, electrical problems, asbestos, and missing smoking alarms. 

Kildare, of Eldred Road, Childwall, was fined £2,000 at Liverpool Magistrates Court, where District Judge Andrew Shaw also ordered the rogue landlord to pay £3,000 in relation to the failure to comply with the Improvement Notice and awarded the council costs of £4,410.

Cllr Lynnie Hinnigan, deputy mayor and cabinet member for housing, commented: “This prosecution highlights the desperate need for our Landlord Licensing scheme.

“Here we have a landlord operating with wanton disregard for the safety of their tenant and blatantly ignoring our attempts to get him to licence the property and carry out basic improvements to make it liveable.

“Landlord licensing is a foot in the door, enabling us to create a dedicated team who have made a huge difference to the lives of many vulnerable tenants.

“We are determined to take action where we can to ensure that housing is suitable and safe, and will robustly enforce and use all available powers in all instances.”

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Leeds landlord has been fined for renting out this mouldy, unsafe house

2 May 2019

A woman living in this dangerously maintained house in Chapeltown has been awarded compensation after her landlord was taken to court.

Andrew Watson, of Harehills Avenue in Chapeltown, was fined £6,500 and ordered to pay victim compensation of £1,000 after he repeatedly ignored legal notices served by Leeds City Council regarding the condition of a house he was renting out on Hill Top Mount, also in Chapeltown.

A council officer even likened the property’s state to that of slums in the 1950s and 60s.

The terraced house was found to be full of hazards including an inadequate fire alarm and faulty electrics, and was in a general state of disrepair. Photos taken inside the property show extensive mould and damp, a hole in a ceiling and rubbish in the yard.

The council’s housing team, who brought the prosecution against Watson, said that it was unusual for a rogue landlord’s offences to warrant them being required to compensate a tenant as well as paying a fine.

“The prosecutions team work tirelessly to bring justice to the victims of sub-standard landlords and in this case the court were so particularly moved by the impact of the offender’s criminal behaviour that they saw fit to award her with compensation, which is rarely seen.”

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