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Huge fine and rent repayment threat for landlord after 30-month saga

A London council has prosecuted a rogue landlord after a 30 month saga regarding the condition of an apartment. 

Richmond council received a complaint back in March 2019 from a tenant living in one of the unnamed landlord’s flats in Twickenham. The landlord also had an outstanding previous improvement notice for another flat in the same building. 

Inspections took place just after the complaint was received and several items of disrepair were discovered. 

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In May 2019, the landlord was served two statutory Improvement Notices and was ordered to begin improvement works no later than the July 3 2019 and to complete all the works within two weeks from that date. 

Compliant inspections then took place in August 2019 and an inspection of one of the flats revealed that the bathroom ceiling had collapsed due to damp plaster, making the only bathroom unusable and creating a dangerous living situation for the tenant and her young son. 

 

 

Similarly, the inspection of the other flat revealed that no improvement works had taken place whatsoever.  

The landlord was asked to attend a formal interview under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 in August and was then warned that if the council did not hear from him in the next seven days, then legal proceedings would begin. 

To date, the landlord has not responded to the council, which has now taken the landlord to court. 

The landlord has received a substantial fine of over £60,000 and the council has applied for a Rent Repayment Order to claim back all Housing Allowance paid for the last 12 months - the hearing at the tribunal is scheduled to take place in the New Year.   

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