Rogue Landlord Fined:

Cardiff Magistrates Court has issued a fine of over £4,000 to a landlord who pleaded guilty to eight charges relating to a student property in Albany Road, Cardiff.

The five tenants living in the landlords’ flats had complained to Cardiff Council about the condition of the property, and said they feared for their own safety.

Following an inspection by Council officers a number of “dangerous failings” had been identified.

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At the court hearing, Landlord Spiridian Micallef of Sully Road, Penarth was fined £4,664 with £200 in costs and a victim surcharge of £100.

Cardiff Councillor Lynda Thorne, Cabinet member for Housing and Communities said:

“The majority of private sector landlords keep their properties to a high rentable standard and these properties play an important role in Cardiff’s housing stock.

“The small number of landlords that think that they can provide substandard accommodation which falls below the required standards, need to think again, as we will follow up complaints made and we will precede these matters through the courts.

“There is no excuse to rent a property in this condition. It isn’t acceptable and I am pleased that the fine imposed by the court reflects the severity of this case.”

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