Landlords fined for failing to make vital property repairs

Three private landlords have been ordered to pay a total of £19,550 in fines and costs after failing to make repairs at the properties they let out.

Peterborough City Council secured successful prosecutions against the three for failing to comply with statutory notices on houses in Gilpin Street and Wellington Street, Peterborough.

In the first case, landlord Giuseppe Liguori of Egar Way, South Bretton, Peterborough failed to attend Peterborough Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 9 September 2015 and the case was heard in his absence.

Liguori was found guilty of failing to comply with two improvement notices which required works to be carried out to a property in Gilpin Street to bring it up to standard.

Housing Enforcement Officer Peter Bezant was called to the property and found serious mould growth, dampness and inadequate ventilation. It also had an unsuitable electrical installation and without adequate external lighting.

A fine of £4,500 was imposed on Liguori for each of the two offences and costs of £800, amounting to £9,800.

The property has since been sold and the council is working with the new landlord to bring the property to the required standard.

In the second case, landlords Nazia Sultana and Parvaiz Akhtar of Northfield Road, Peterborough were found guilty of failing to comply with two notices which required improvement works to be carried out to a property in Wellington Street to bring it to the required standard.
The property was found to be very badly insulated, with defective windows and entrance door with an inadequate central heating system. There was also exposed electrical wiring and poor bathroom facilities.

Both Sultana and Akhtar failed to attend court and the case was heard in their absence where they were also imposed with a heavy fine of £4,500 for the two offences and to pay costs of £750, a total of £9,750.

Peter Bezant, Housing Enforcement Officer at Peterborough City Council, said: “This should serve as a stark reminder to all other landlords and letting agents that the council will simply not tolerate such behaviour and will not hesitate to take prosecution proceedings against those who do not fulfil their repairing obligations and comply with statutory notices.

“The council will continue with its zero tolerance policy against any landlord or letting agent who continues to ignore the council’s requests and show a disregard to their tenants who are found to be living in unhealthy and hazardous living conditions.”

The housing enforcement team continue to work with landlords and letting agents to ensure that their properties meet current standards and to further educate those who may need guidance on best practice in property management.

The team can be contacted on 01733 747474 for any advice.

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