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BTL landlord hit with £21k fine for safety failings

A private landlord from St Helens has been ordered to pay £21,000 after a prosecution by the local council found a number of fire safety risks that she failed to address at a property in Collins Green which is occupied by family.

The court ruled that the landlord was putting her tenants at risk by failing to carry out the required improvements, which fall under the Housing Act 2004.

Repairs to the property were required to rectify a number of health and safety issues, including dangerous electrics and damp. The landlord also failed to comply with a smoke alarm notice.

As a result Warrington Council attended the property to fit the alarms and has issued the landlord with a fixed penalty fine of £1,000.

Cllr Maureen McLaughlin, Warrington Council’s executive board member for public health, commented: “We are sending out a clear message to bad landlords that failing to ensure your properties are safe and healthy for your tenants will not be tolerated.

“We want to protect all of Warrington’s tenants from poor housing conditions, and we are working closely with landlords to achieve this.

"While the vast majority of them want to work with us, we will continue to use all the powers available to us to take action against those who fail to co-operate.”

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