Land­lord or­dered to pay £4,400 for fail­ing to pro­vide hab­it­able homes

Rochdale Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

A WHIT­WORTH land­lord has been or­dered to pay more than £4,000 for fail­ing to pro­vide hab­it­able liv­ing con­di­tions for his ten­ants.

Bernard McKay, 65, of Ash­worth Road, Rochdale, was con­victed in his ab­sence of fail­ing to com­ply with im­prove­ment no­tices served by Rossendale coun­cil. They re­quired him to ad­dress is­sues with his three prop­er­ties on Percy Street, Whit­worth and meet his obli­ga­tions un­der the Hous­ing Act 2004.

En­vi­ron­men­tal Health of­fi­cers found the prop­er­ties had in­ad­e­quate smoke de­tec­tion, poor heat­ing, damp and mould grow­ing as well as is­sues of se­ri­ous dis­re­pair. McKay was is­sued with the im­prove­ment no­tices how­ever he failed to com­ply within the al­lot­ted timescales.

Burn­ley Mag­is­trates fined Ash­worth £1,980 for all three prop­er­ties and handed down costs of £2,374 and a vic­tim sur­charge of £66.

Coun­cil­lor Bar­bara Ash­worth, port­fo­lio holder for health and cus­tomer ser­vices, said: “I wel­come the court’s tough penalty for this land­lord and hope that it serves as a warn­ing to oth­ers. We are will­ing to work with land­lords but we will not hes­i­tate to take en­force­ment ac­tion if in­for­mal ac­tion fails.”

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