The director of a property management firm has been fined more than �25,000 after dangerous electrics were discovered at an HMO in Northampton.
West Northamptonshire Council issued a warrant in May 2022 after tenants raised concerns about the property in Lutterworth Road (pictured), just one of 19 HMOs and other licenced properties on the street.
During the inspection, officers found that the electrical meter had been tampered with, seriously endangering the safety of the four people living there.
Along with the unsafe electrics, a number of fire safety breaches were identified, including poorly maintained fire doors and missing smoke alarms. The council brought in an electrician to carry out emergency work to make the property safe.
Zivile Aksinaviciene, director of J&KO Property Ltd, was fined �25,000 in December 2022 for breaching the licence conditions for an HMO along with an additional �800 after she was found not to be part of a property redress scheme. She had three months to appeal against the decision, which has now passed.
After further work was carried out to make it safe, Aksinaviciene surrended the HMO licence and the property has since been converted to a single-family house.
Conservative Councillor and deputy council leader Adam Brown, cabinet member for housing, culture and leisure, says: 'From some of the images captured at this address, it is clear the licensee had little regard for the safety of their tenants.
"The housing team cannot visit every property, but this case demonstrates that we will take action when people contact us with their concerns.'�