A buy to let tenant was left for more than a year with heating and hot water by a landlord who refused to carry out repairs.
Eventually, the tenant complained to Charnwood Council, Leicestershire, who sent a team to inspect the dodgy property.
They found a catalogue of problems at the buy to let flat, including:
- No boiler
- No heating or hot water
- No working lights and rain leaking into the electrics
- No gas or electricity meters for utility supplies to the flat – they were in another property and the tenant had no access in an emergency
- A hole in the bathroom floor
- Poor fire safety precautions
The landlord, Anthony Gordon, was asked to fix the faults, but made no effort to do so.
At Loughborough Magistrates Court, Gordon was convicted in his absence of failing to act on an improvement order. Magistrates fined him £3,000 and ordered he should pay £950 costs.
HMO licence fine
Nottingham landlord Permjit Balvinder Kaur must pay fines and costs of £3,192 for breaching a house in multiple occupation (HMO) licence.
A Nottingham City Council inspection visited the shared house and found he had let space to an extra tenant and was using a cellar with no fire escape as a living room. Both issues breached his HMO licence conditions.
Kaur pleaded guilty to the offences at Nottingham Magistrates Court.
Landlord crammed 16 tenants into rat infested home
Hounslow landlord Din Dayal Verma, 75, was ordered to pay fines and costs of £40,000 for shoehorning 16 people into an unlicensed HMO infested by rats.
Feltham Magistrates heard the tenants included a family with a six-month old baby.
Not only were 10 people living in the house – including the attic space – but another six were in outbuildings in the garden.
Verma was convicted of 14 HMO management offences.
The council also invoked powers to demolish the outbuildings for the first time.