Landlord who let home unfit for human habitation fined
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Legal, Local Government
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A landlord who rented out a Cardiff property after failing to take steps to rectify known issues has been fined.
Following an inspection of the home on Comet Street, Adamsdown in 2008, Cardiff Council served Sangat Singh with a prohibition order as the property didn’t have an adequate fire escape and suffered from a lack of natural light and ventilation.
The order instructed Singh that the property was unfit for human habitation until the identified hazards were resolved.
However, in June 2013 the council received a complaint from tenants at the property and, following an inspection, it was revealed that although the fire precautions had been rectified, the lack of natural light and ventilation had not.
As the order was still in place, the property was being rented illegally.
Although Cardiff Magistrates' Court gave Singh credit for an early guilty plea, it also took account of previous convictions for failing to comply with statutory notices on his privately rented properties.
He was prosecuted for a breach of the Housing Act 2004 and ordered to pay £2,530.
Councillor Lynda Thorne said: “This is the second prosecution in the last few weeks and should send out a strong message to the minority of private sector landlords who aren’t providing an adequate service that the Council will take action when necessary.
“Although Mr Singh did engage with the Council, which we obviously encourage, the remedial action proposed was unacceptable. It took five years to complete the works before the Prohibition Order was lifted in January 2013, but during this time the property was rented illegally and the landlord received rent. The Council intervened and prosecuted as the living conditions were completely inadequate for those living at the property.”
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