Slough Borough Council has taken action against an unscrupulous landlord in Slough who to date has refused to pay a fine of £37,000 after renting out rooms with dangerous electrics.
The man, who has not been named by the council, was fined £37,000 at a hearing in June due to a breach of management regulations and failing to comply with an improvement notice.
The landlord’s refusal to pay the penalty means the fine is still outstanding. But the council has now applied to the County Court for a judgement, which has been granted.
This means the £37,000 fine has been placed on the property, and so the sum will have to be paid before the house, which is currently an HMO, can be sold.
Rooms in the house in St Pauls Avenue, Slough, SL2, were rented out separately, despite there being serious hazards.
Single pieces of wire were used instead of fuses and dangerous wiring was also found in an outbuilding believed to be used as rental accommodation.
Requests for improvements to a basic safety standard were ignored, and so the council's contractor eventually had to go into the property to make it safe.
Rhian Richards, housing regulation manager, commented: “People were living in dangerous conditions where there could have been a serious incident which could have put the tenants at risk of harm.
“When we tried to engage with the landlord we were not successful and had to bring in a team of electricians and gas engineers to make sure the tenants were able to live in the basic level of safety.
“The only option was to serve the landlord with a Penalty Charge Notice which they failed to pay.
“Now the charge on the property will prevent the owner from selling the property without first paying the full amount to Slough Borough Council.
“We hope this will serve as a warning that we will be relentless in pursuing those landlords who put their tenant’s at risk and ignoring the law and our correspondence could prove very costly in the long run.”