Two landlords let their tenants live in a filthy cockroach infested HMO with no fire safety precautions.
Felix Valentim Da Conceicao and Ventura Valentim Da Conceicao, admitted a series of house in multiple occupation (HMO) management and licensing offences at Oxford Magistrates Court.
The court heard 12 people, including three children, lived in the house among the cockroaches in damp and mouldy conditions.
Council officers told the court the house was also badly overcrowded.
Each landlord was fined £2,000, plus £1,000 in costs and a £50 victim surcharge
Councillor Ed Turner, deputy leader of the council, said: “The council has a responsibility to help protect the vulnerable and ensure that people who are renting do not live in these conditions.
“The HMO scheme works to tackle this and the team are working hard to find those landlords who think they can evade the system.”
Gas rules flouted
Brothers Philip Hale, 52, and Roger Hale, 50, both of Brierley Hill, West Midlands, were fined £2,500 and ordered to pay £928 costs for failing to produce a gas safety certificate for a buy to let home they rented out.
Tenants who had lived in the home for five years told Dudley Magistrates they had never seen a gas safety certificate for the property.
The charges followed a Health & Safety Executive investigation after the condemning of two gas fires at the home after the tenants reported smelling gas.
Pam Folsom said: “Philip and Roger Hale potentially put lives and property in danger by ignoring their responsibilities as landlords of this property.”
Derelict house fine
The owners of a house left derelict for three years were fined £400 and ordered to pay 3375 costs each for ignoring orders from the council to improve the property.
The tumbledown house stands in an improvement area in Accrington, Lancashire, where the council is trying to upgrade the neighbourhood with a £13 million investment.
Brendan Rodgers and Judith O’Hagan were found guilty of ignoring the improvement notice in their absence by Blackburn magistrates
The notice called for the installation of new windows, doors, roof repairs and the removal of rubbish.©LandlordZONE® – legal content applies primarily to England and is not a definitive statement of the law; always seek professional advice. Legislation changes, so check dates on these articles. If you have questions go to the LandlordZONE® Forums