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Unlicensed landlord fined almost £4k for failing to improve damp property

A landlord has been prosecuted by Barkingside Magistrates' Court for renting out a property in Dagenham with damp and mould issues, while also failing to obtain a license.

The property had long been in need of upgrading, but the landlord, Patrick Okoli, failed to respond to an abatement notice ordering him to repair the property in Oval Road South within 28 days to ensure that it was of an acceptable standard for living and did not pose a risk to the health and safety of the occupiers, and so the council felt as though it was left with no alternative but to take legal action.

Last week, Okoli, who lives in Valley Drive, Gravesend, was convicted of breaching the enforcement notice and fined £2,000.

In addition, he was also ordered to pay costs of £1,866 and a £100 victim surcharge.

Councillor Laila Butt, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, said: “We are doing our utmost to clamp down on unlicensed landlords who do not maintain their properties to an appropriate standard.”

“This sends a message out to rogue landlords across the borough; if you don’t keep your properties in a safe and habitable state then we will take action.”

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