A rogue landlord who allowed a family to live in a house described as “unfit for human habitation” has been fined £11,000.
The house on Webster Road in the Wavertree area of Liverpool featured a number of safety hazards, including missing smoke alarms and a missing lock on the back door that could have endangered the safety of the tenants.
Liverpool Magistrates' Court also heard how the family of four were being rained on in their own kitchen because of a large hole in the ceiling.
Complaints about the home were first raised by the family in November 2017 but the landlord failed to take any action despite multiple attempts to contact them by Liverpool City Council.
The landlord, Imperial Property Services Limited, has now been hit with an £11.000 fine after a judge ruled the unlicensed property “unfit for purpose”.
District Judge Andrew Shaw, sentencing the firm, fined Imperial Property Services Limited £10,000, in addition to costs of £826 and a victim surcharge of £180.
Cllr Lynnie Hinnigan, deputy mayor and cabinet member for housing, said: “This is a shocking case of a landlord who has housed a family in appalling conditions and flagrantly disregarded the law.
“It is absolutely shameful that this company believes it is acceptable to rent out a property which is in this condition, placing a young family in an unsafe environment not fit for human habitation.
“This case demonstrates clearly the value of our Landlord Licensing scheme in bringing to book those who are not providing decent quality homes in the private rented sector.”