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