Council takes action against absent landlord
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing, Legal
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Stockton Council has successfully prosecuted a landlord who neglected his property.
Massood Hussain was fined £1,600 plus £607 costs at Middlesbrough Magistrates’ Court last month following his failure to comply with a notice under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 that required him to keep his property and its gardens clear of waste and debris.
Following complaints about properties in the area, the council’s neighbourhood enforcement service approached Hussain repeatedly to resolve the problems.
The landlord can be fined an additional £500 for every day that he fails to adhere to the notice.
Councillor Steve Nelson, cabinet member for housing and community safety, said: “Stockton welcomes responsible landlords - but we will deal robustly with anyone who does not take their responsibilities of property ownership seriously.
“This property has fallen into an unacceptable state of repair and cleanliness impacting on the general feel of the local area as well as potentially encouraging vermin and becoming unsafe due to arson or littering.
“Absent landlords will not be allowed to leave their premises to go to rack and ruin. We hope this action sends a clear message that we will take action whenever necessary to ensure our communities can enjoy a clean and pleasant environment.”