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A landlord must pay £12,000 after ignoring local council demands to improve living conditions for tenants at three rental properties.

Robert Emery, of Higham, Kent, was fined £8,300 and ordered to pay £3,780 costs at Medway Magistrates Court for failing to carry out repairs to two letting properties after improvement orders were served

He also allowed tenants to continue living at a third property after a prohibition order was served.

The court heard the homes were cold and damp. Some had no working toilets and dangerous electrical wiring.

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Emery pleaded guilty to the three offences but did not attend to court.

Tenant complaints

Oxford landlord Juan Avila, 48, was fined £11,500 with £1,124 costs at Oxford Magistrates Court for a six shared house in multiple occupation (HMO) licensing and safety offences.

Tenants complained to the council about the state of the property

HMO fines

HMO landlord Darren Avey was fined £10,000 and told to pay £1,875 costs by York magistrates for shoehorning nine tenants into a house without a licence.

Avey, 49, admitted not having a licence but claimed he did not have one as the city council had not granted planning permission for converting the property into an HMO.

On average, Avey was receiving £3,500 rent from his tenants.

Gas risk

A plumber put lives at risk with shoddy work on gas appliances at a buy to let home in Tiptree, Essex.

Ryan Ellingford, 30, trading as R J Plumbing & Heating, falsified a landlord gas safety certificate claiming he had services a boiler and other appliances at the property.

However, he did not carry out the work properly and was not registered as a gas engineer.

At Southend Magistrates Court, he was ordered to serve 140 hours of community service

Tree house shame

A massive tree growing through a HMO shared by eight tenants was ‘the most dangerous house ever seen’ by an electrician working for Lambeth Council, South London.

The tenants used the branch as a table and ran electrical cables around the bough.

Eight tenants shared the three-bed house, for which the landlord charged around £40,000 in rent.

The unnamed landlord has not yet faced prosecution.

“The conditions the people in this illegal HMO were living in were truly appalling, and represented a genuine danger to life and limb,” Councillor Matthew Bennett said.

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