A buy-to-let landlord in Nottingham has been ordered to pay just over £1,600 for allowing five tenants to live in what has been described as a ‘cold and scruffy’ flat on Mansfield Road, NG1, which was in defiance of a council order.
Aside from a lack of heating, the tenants were also provided with an under-sized bathroom, missing stair rails and a leaking roof that allowed rain to enter the property.
Ashok Bharadwaj, 69, was handed a £1,606 bill after city magistrates heard that he defied a prohibition notice issued by Nottingham City Council that banned him from allowing people to stay in the property there until repairs were undertaken.
This was imposed in October 2017 but tenants were found to be there almost a year later with the building still in the same state.
Bharadwaj claimed he had been helping the homeless.
However, Sarah Mills, prosecuting, told the court: "Whether someone is in need of shelter, it is unsafe and that is why it is prohibited."
She added: “There were hazards for amenities for personal hygiene, sanitation and drainage and an under-sized bathroom on the second floor.
“Remedial works had not been completed. The central heating had not been connected to the gas and the bathroom had not been re-sited or extended.”