Un­fit home leads to court ap­pear­ance

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page -

A LET­TING agency and a pri­vate land­lord have been pros­e­cuted fol­low­ing a coun­cil clam­p­down on un­fit rental prop­er­ties.

Three men were fined £1,300 be­tween them at Peter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Court on May 27 for fail­ing to bring a prop­erty in Lin­coln Road up to stan­dard, de­spite warn­ings from Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil.

Land­lord Asad Javaid, of Alexan­dra Road, pleaded guilty to fail­ing to carry out work spec­i­fied in a coun­cil im­prove­ment no­tice and was fined £300 and or­dered to pay £300 costs and a £15 sur­charge.

Mo­hammed Jamil and Nadim Pervez, trad­ing as let­ting agency Peter­bor­ough Home­let at 228 Lin­coln Road, were found guilty in their ab­sence for the same charge by mag­is­trates.

The pair, who both gave their ad­dress as 228 Lin­coln Road, were fined £500 each, as well as each hav­ing to pay £300 costs and a £15 sur­charge each.

The court case came af­ter coun- cil hous­ing en­force­ment of­fi­cer Peter­bor­ough Peter Bezant found the rented house was in a state of “ex­ten­sive dis­re­pair” dur­ing an in­spec­tion on Au­gust 9 last year.

The prop­erty is owned by Javaid and was be­ing rented out through Peter­bor­ough Home­let.

The prob­lems found by coun­cil teams ranged from un­suit­ably ar­ranged kitchen units, damp­ness, poor heat­ing and hot wa­ter sys­tems and in­se­cure front and back doors.

A no­tice to im­prove the prop­erty was is­sued by the coun­cil on Au­gust 9, set­ting the land­lord and let­ting agency a se­ries of cri­te­ria that had to be met, which they failed to ad­e­quately fol­low.

The coun­cil has been stag­ing an on­go­ing crack­down on un­fit rental prop­er­ties and Mr Bezant said the prose­cu­tions should act as a warn­ing to all other land­lords and let­ting agen­cies who fail to main­tain the prop­er­ties they rent out.

He said: “We are very pleased with these suc­cess­ful prose­cu­tions and the level of fines awarded in these cases.

“We hope this sends a clear mes­sage out to all land­lords and let­ting agents op­er­at­ing in the city about their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to main­tain their prop­er­ties, as well as the penal­ties they will face if they do not com­ply.”

Mr Bezant added that the coun­cil would not hes­i­tate to take ac­tion against land­lords who are not tak­ing their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties se­ri­ously enough.

He said: “The ma­jor­ity of land­lords and let­ting agents in Peter­bor­ough ful­fil their prop­erty re­pair obli­ga­tions with­out the need for the city coun­cil to step in and take ac­tion.

“How­ever, in some cases the coun­cil gets in­volved to re­solve is­sues through in­for­mal ac­tion.

“If in­for­mal ac­tion fails to pro­duce the de­sired re­sults we will not hes­i­tate to take en­force­ment ac­tion.”

Ad­vice about cur­rent hous­ing stan­dards and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of land­lords is avail­able from the coun­cil’s neigh­bour­hood hous­ing en­force­ment team on 01733 747474.

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