A landlord has been fined £3,607 over properties that were so dangerous tenants’ lives were at risk.
North Lincolnshire council brought a prosecution against Amarjit Singh after he failed to produce documents about three of his properties under the Housing Act 2004.
The case was part of a wider investigation into the homes where the council says dangerous living conditions meant it was forced to take urgent and immediate enforcement action.
In one case they issued an order immediately removing the occupiers, who were supported to find alternative accommodation.
The council was alerted to dangerous conditions at one property following a referral from East Midlands Ambulance Service following a call-out.
Exposed cables in a shower room, broken windows, unsecure doors, lack of fire precautions, an accumulation of waste in a back yard and sockets hanging off walls meant the tenants were at serious risk of harm.
Singh was served with three notices between November 2020 and January 2021 under Section 235 of the Housing Act 2004 which required him to produce documentation to the council as part of wider investigations into the properties.
Singh failed to attend Grimsby Magistrates Court and was found guilty in his absence of three offences of failing to comply with a S.235 Notice. He was fined £660 for each offence with £1,437 costs plus a £190 victim surcharge, a total of £3,607.
A council spokesperson says: “The majority of landlords in North Lincolnshire work with us to provide their tenants with good quality, safe accommodation.
"When they fail to do this we will not hesitate to take action – if, like Mr Singh, they fail to provide tenants with safe and secure accommodation that meets the legal standards, we will come down on them with the full force of the law.”
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