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London council acts against landlord’s lettings company

A London council has taken a landlord company to court after complaints of poor housing conditions in five of its rented flats.

Richmond council acted against East Sheen Estates Limited after an investigation showed issues including water damage, a leaking roof and the lack of a working fire alarm system. 

Two Improvement Notices were issued to the company under the Housing Act 2004 but the work was not carried out; therefore two Financial Penalty Notices were issued, resulting in a £10,000 fine. 

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A further inspection of one of the flats showed that the condition of the property had significantly worsened, and a Prohibition Order was issued to prevent the flat from being occupied. 

Upon reinspecting the flat in February 2020, it was revealed that it was still occupied, despite the Prohibition Order. As a result, the council took the company to court last month under section 32 of the Housing Act; the firm was fined over £15,000.  

The council has also sought a Rent Repayment Order of £6,857.18 for one of the flats, which East Sheen Estates Limited will be required to pay within 28 days. 

A council spokesperson says: “Renters in Richmond upon Thames should not be subject to rogue landlords who leave their properties in dismal conditions and who fail to act when issued with Improvement Notices.”

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