A landlord in North West London who failed to deal with noisy pigeons nesting at one of its properties has been handed a whopping £31,026 fine, including £7,638 compensation to the tenants.
A couple disturbed by pigeons whose cooing woke them at 4am every morning complained to Brent Council in May last year after their landlord, Adilsons Property Limited, failed to act on a complaint about the pigeons roosting in the loft and a water leak in the ceiling of the second-floor flat they lived in on Burton Road, Kilburn.
Following an inspection of the property by an enforcement officer, the property manager of Adilsons Property Limited, Aamir Sultan, was issued with an improvement notice.
A trial at Willesden Magistrates Court found Adilsons Property Limited, of Cricklewood Broadway, Cricklewood, guilty of failing to comply with an improvement notice.
The company was fined £12,200 and ordered to pay £5,648 in costs as well as a victim surcharge of £170. Sultan was also fined £6,100 and the two tenants were awarded £7,638 in compensation.
Spencer Randolph, head of private housing services at Brent Council, said: “Landlords are expected to maintain the properties that they rent out. Tenants in the private rented sector have a legal right to decent living conditions.
“We will prosecute landlords and letting agencies that fail to comply with improvement notices. This landlord had plenty of opportunities to carry out the repairs but ignored our requests.”
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