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Rogues warned as council prosecutes landlords

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Legal, Local Government

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Cardiff Council has warned rogue landlords operating in the city after the successful prosecution of two property owners.

Keith Ashton and Christopher Ashton were both found guilty in their absence at Cardiff Magistrates' Court for failing to carry out works required under the Housing Act, which resulted in a further charge under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

They were fined £1,200 each and ordered to pay £300 towards the council's costs.

Following a complaint by the tenant in the landlords' property in Vachell Road, Ely, an inspection revealed a catalogue of hazards, including fire, gas and electrical safety, trips and falls, damp and mould growth, asbestos, domestic hygiene and home security.

An informal notice was served on the landlords and, following their failure to act, a formal improvement notice was served last September requiring the works to be completed within a month.

No work was carried out so legal action began.

Cllr Bob Derbyshire said: “The council does everything within our power to work with private landlords as they make an invaluable contribution to Cardiff’s housing stock. Unfortunately there is a small minority who choose to house their tenants in inadequate accommodation and through their actions they pose a direct threat to their welfare.

“Their actions will not be tolerated and we will continue to prosecute those who flout the law for the health and safety of these residents. When we serve notices, we do it for a very good reason and we expect people to act or face the consequences. If we believe that there is deliberate intent, purely as a means of financial gain, we are exploring additional legislation where we can significantly increase the sum of money received from prosecutions.”

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