A landlord in Wirral has been slapped with the highest ever fine handed out across the borough after pleading guilty for failing to implement satisfactory management standards following an inspection by officers from Wirral Council.
Mohammed Fiaz, of Wallasey, was fined £10,339 for allowing sharers to live in his property, converted into 20 bedsits, which was in an appalling state, with plenty of serious health and safety hazards.
Housing standard officers visited the property and found several breeches including defective and missing fire precaution measures and dangerous electrical wiring with exposed live wiring, damp and mould growth.
Cllr George Davies, Wirral Council cabinet member for housing and community safety, said: “This is an example of how we will take the strongest possible action against those landlords who have little or no regard for the safety and wellbeing of their tenants and I welcome this outcome.
“We have a team dedicated to ensuring that, in particular, Houses in Multiple Occupation meet certain acceptable standards and adhere to all the appropriate licenses and regulations as these often house some of the most vulnerable members of the community.
“Councils have a duty to act if they are aware of hazards that could affect a tenant’s health or safety and if landlords fail to respond to informal advice, enforcement action will ensue.
“Failure to comply with housing legislation will result in court action and potentially hefty fines. We are committed to ensuring good quality housing for all in Wirral, as part of our council plan for 2020.
“The health and safety of the occupiers in properties within the private rented sector is of paramount importance.
“Whilst we always try to work with landlords and managing agents and give them advice and guidance to improve property conditions, if they do not manage their properties then the council will take enforcement action.”
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