Land­lord fined £1,200News over poor state of house

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in Long­wood, af­ter he ig­nored “sig­nif­i­cant is­sues.”

A leaky roof and fail­ing win­dows meant the house was damp. In­suf­fi­cient in­su­la­tion left it cold. Some elec­tri­cal wiring was also in a poor state.

But the coun­cil’s main pros­e­cu­tion charge was a lack of ban­is­ters/balustrade, which led to mul­ti­ple falls, a sig­nif­i­cant fac­tor where young chil­dren were in­volved.

Mr Coul­son was fined £1,200 at Kirklees Mag­is­trates’ Court in Hud­der­s­field.

A coun­cil spokesman said the au­thor­ity at­tempted to work with Mr Coul­son to rem­edy the fails within the prop­erty, as well as is­su­ing an im­prove­ment no­tice.

How­ever de­spite ne­go­ti­a­tion the no­tice was not com­plied with and the work not com­pleted, lead­ing to the coun­cil is­su­ing for­mal pro­ceed­ings to pros­e­cute. The case was heard on Novem­ber 28. The spokesman added: “The works re­quired to bring the prop­erty to stan­dard will still need to be com­pleted.

“If these are not car­ried out in time, a fur­ther charge will be made in re­gards of the cost of works.”

Clr Cathy Scott (Lab, Dews­bury East), Cab­i­net Mem­ber for Hous­ing, Kirklees Coun­cil, said: “We ex­pect all land­lords both pub­lic and pri­vate to main­tain their prop­er­ties to the high­est stan­dards.

“The coun­cil will not ac­cept sub­stan­dard ac­com­mo­da­tion for its res­i­dents and will ac­tively pur­sue all land­lords and prop­erty owners who do not de­liver on this.

“Our hous­ing teams work closely with land­lords and ten­ants to re­solve all is­sues at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity.

“On this oc­ca­sion, de­spite re­peated ef­forts, we took ac­tion which we be­lieve de­liv­ers a clear mes­sage from Kirklees Coun­cil.”

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