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Landlord fined for failing to carry out ‘essential repairs’

A landlord has been prosecuted by Derby City Council for renting out a house with mould issues and poor fire safety.

The property in Derby, which also suffered from cold and damp issues, had long been in need of upgrading, but the landlord, Balbir Mann, refused to carry out what the council’s housing standards team described as “essential repairs”.

After Mann, of Horwood Avenue, in Derby, failed to respond to an improvement notice requesting that he carry out maintenance work to the property to make sure it was of an acceptable standard for living and did not pose a risk to the health and safety of the occupiers, the council felt as though it was left with no alternative but to take legal action.

Mann pleaded guilty at Southern Derby Magistrates’ court for failing to comply with an improvement notice, and was fined £500 and ordered to contribute a further £450 to the council’s prosecution costs and victim surcharge of £50.

The landlord’s daughter, Nindi Mann, a director for Derby letting agents Platinum Estates, was also sentenced during the same hearing after she pleaded guilty for failing to ensure that fire alarms in the multi-occupancy property were maintained and in good working condition.

The agency, Platinum Estates was fined £1,500 and ordered to contribute £900 towards council costs. A victim surcharge of £100 also had to be paid.

John Tomlinson, council service director for communities, environment and regulatory services, said: “We are dedicated to improving living standards for private tenants in Derby and ensuring their safety and well-being is a top priority.

“Many people across the city live in privately rented properties and there are legal requirements that landlords must follow to ensure properties are fit for purpose.” 

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