Landlords fined after health and safety breaches
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Legal, Local Government
Two private landlords have been fined for failing to properly protect their tenants from health and safety risks.
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council won the two court cases against the property owners who had not complied with instructions to improve fire safety, heating and insulation measures.
Mohammed Al Amin refused to comply with two notices from environmental health officers relating to fire safety and insulation in a flat above a restaurant he owned.
Al Amin, who did not attend the December hearing at Redhill Magistrates' Court, was fined £2,000 plus costs and other charges totalling £1,851.
In November, Mohammad Sarwar was also convicted of not complying with two improvement notices to a property.
The state of the home was found to pose considerable risks to the health of its inhabitants so officers served Sarwar with a notice to make improvements to fire safety, heating and insulation.
However, he did not carry out the works within the required time and the court fined him £1,000. The council was awarded costs and other charges of £1,550.
“Reigate and Banstead Council will not accept private sector tenants being directly exploited by landlords who force them to live in dangerous and unacceptable conditions,” said cllr Rita Renton.
“Good landlords have nothing to fear from Reigate & Banstead Borough Council. But for the bad ones, this is a clear message that they will be dealt with swiftly and robustly and they must clean up their act.”