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Landlord fined for forcing tenants to live in ‘uninhabitable and unsafe conditions’

A buy-to-let landlord in Nottinghamshire has been ordered to pay almost £6,500 after failing to comply with an improvement relating to an investment property she owns.

Susan Elizabeth Jubb, 55, appeared at Mansfield County Court, where she accepted that she ‘forced’ her tenants to live in substandard conditions by pleading guilty to the charges against her. 

The rented property in Worksop was found to have 17 areas of major concerns, including electrical faults, no fire alarms and insecure windows.

In addition, inspectors discovered fire damage to the rear of the building, no adequate fire escapes, concerns over the security of the property after the front door, inadequate internal doors, missing floorboards, loose carpets on a steep staircase and concerns over the heating system and insulation of the property.

Jubb should have completed the work by October 27, 2016 but officers were denied entry to the property to make further inspections and were only able to fully inspect the property almost a year later, in early October, 2017.

The property has been shut down with a closure order imposed by Nottinghamshire Police after anti-social behaviour there, while the landlord, of Ely Close in Worksop, is required to stump up a fine of £2,666, as well as paying the council’s legal costs of £3,519.37 and a victim surcharge of £266 - totalling £6,451.37.

The rental property is now the subject of a prohibition order which means that the landlord cannot allow anyone to live there until all of the work has been completed to the satisfaction of housing officers.

Cllr Julie Leigh, member for neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council, said: "We welcome the court’s decision and a significant fine is justified after Jubb had taken advantage of a tenant and forced them to live in uninhabitable and unsafe conditions.

“Thanks to the council’s prohibition order, Jubb must also bring her property up to the necessary standard before she will be allowed to rent out the property or allow anyone to live in the property.

"We hope that this serves as a warning to other landlords whose properties are not up to the required standard or pose a danger to their tenants.”

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