A rogue landlord who has already been fined on numerous occasions for similar offences has now been served with a £5,000 fine and £9,000 in costs after failing to comply with a housing health and safety improvement notice.
In the latest case, Jack Collins of Leeds had to appear at Huddersfield Magistrates Court on January 17 accused of not complying with Leeds council’s notice requiring essential repairs at a rental property that was previously his family home.
Collins failed to carry out repairs that left his tenant and her two children for over three months with a leaking roof, dangerous electrics and rotten window frames where the glass was about to fall out.
Separate improvement notices had already been served on Collins regarding the same property - this required improvements to the appearance of a neglected house that had become a blight to neighbouring residents.
Collins, who pleaded not guilty, was fined £5,000 and Leeds council was awarded costs of £9,000 with a surcharge of £181.
A council spokesperson says: “It is completely unacceptable that this landlord has allowed his tenants to live in properties which are unsafe and in complete disarray.
“Landlords have a responsibility in law to ensure that they adhere to and comply fully with the housing regulations including proper and timely management. In this particular case, like previous occasions, this landlord fell considerably short of the standard expected and as a result, has received yet another fine.
“The safety of our residents remains our top priority and I hope this sends out a clear message that we will seek to use a range of enforcement tools if, as in this case, legislation has been disregarded by a landlord and a resident is living in a property that is substandard.”
Want to comment on this story? If so...if any post is considered to victimise, harass, degrade or intimidate an individual or group of individuals on any basis, then the post may be deleted and the individual immediately banned from posting in future.