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Landlord ordered to pay almost £6,500 for poor standards

A buy-to-let landlord has been fined close to £6,500 after failing to make improvements to a house in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, including the need to address mould and safety issues.

Having failed to comply with an Improvement Notice, served under the Housing Act 2004, to sort out the damp and mould on the kitchen wall of the property, which was occupied by a family, the council decided to take action against the landlord.

Adrian Dilenardo, 49, from Burley in Wharfedale, Leeds, was prosecuted by Erewash Borough Council in relation to three ‘category two’ hazards that were found at the property during a visit by officers from the council’s housing renewals team.

Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court heard that aside from damp and mould issues inside the property, there was also a risk outside the house due to dangerous rotting timber steps that led to a raised decked garden.

Dilenardo was served with the notice in January 2018 which required him to carry out remedial works to deal with the hazards.

It required the work to be completed by April 6, 2018.

District Judge Jonathan Taaffe issued Dilenardo with a £5,000 fine and ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £170 and the council’s costs of £1,314.45.

Cllr Gerri Hickton, lead member for Community Engagement at Erewash Borough Council, commented: “We hope this will send a clear message to landlords to keep the houses they own in order.

“Erewash Borough Council works closely with local landlords to maintain standards in homes in the Borough.

“If they fail to comply with the standards required then this outcome should leave no doubt that this can lead to prosecution for a criminal offence.

“People paying rent have the right to live in a safe home and we hope this case will act as a warning to other landlords who have properties in Erewash.”

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