Health & Safety:
A private landlord, who was renting to a family in the Collins Green district of St Helens, has been fined over £20,000 because of a persistent failure to make health and safety improvements.
She failed to make the improvements after the council issued improvement notices, which fall under the Housing Act 2004. The required repairs to the property were to rectify a number of health and safety issues, including dangerous electrics and damp.
She also failed to comply with a notice requiring her to fit smoke alarms, resulting Warrington Council attending to fit the alarms. For this offence a fixed penalty fine of £1,000 was issued.
Warrington council says it is working with landlords and its private sector housing enforcement team to carry out inspections and a range of work to tackle disrepair and health and safety issues in landlords’ properties in the borough.
A council spokesperson told the St Helens Star that the team is working closely with landlords to resolve all issues that are reported to them. The spokesperson said that the majority of local landlords want to work with the council, but those landlords that do not co-operate could face severe consequences, including heavy fines. Under new legislation, councils can now impose fixed penalty fines of up to £30,000.
Cllr Maureen McLaughlin, Warrington Council’s executive board member for public health, said:
“We are sending out a clear message to bad landlords that failing to ensure your properties are safe and healthy for your tenants will not be tolerated.
“We want to protect all of Warrington’s tenants from poor housing conditions, and we are working closely with landlords to achieve this.
“While the vast majority of them want to work with us, we will continue to use all the powers available to us to take action against those who fail to co-operate.”