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Council revokes Improvement Notice after landlord’s “great work”

A London council has boasted of its success in working with a landlord to remedy problems on a rental property served with an Improvement Notice. 

Barking and Dagenham council says a woman and her son were living in the property when the order was made. 

Some of the issues included damp throughout the property; a free standing cooker not secured to the wall; the cooker plugged into a wall socket, which runs the risk of an electrical/cooker fire; damp and mouldy kitchen cupboards; leaks to the sink, shower, boiler overflow, and wash hand basin; and missing brickwork.

After the order was issued, the landlord worked closely with the council’s officers to make the required improvements which included a new shower room, new kitchen cupboards and new windows throughout the property. The property was also taken back to brick and mortar and totally re-plastered.
 

The council’s private sector housing enforcement officer inspected the property again and revoked the enforcement notice on the property as the landlord had done - in the council’s words - “great work” to vastly improve the property.

Councillor Syed Ghani says: “We expect all properties in the borough to be of a high standard and for a tenant to feel at home and comfortable.  I’m pleased that this particular landlord realised that significant improvements needed to be made to the property and worked with our private sector housing team to make sure it was suitable for to be lived in.” 

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    In Leeds the council never work with the Landlord Just use a big stick with Fines on it I got a 15,000 fine because the contractor was 4 days late. (leaking Roof) not even on a liveable part of the house, a lean to Conservatory.
    So got rid of the tenant who was in arrears and did not report the problem to me in fact blocked me from viewing the property and then reporting it to the council.

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    Yes a good outcome, but there is something missing here, the tenant and her son must have been evicted as those works could not have been carried out with them living there, also with a very much improved property I expect the landlord doubled the rent, and by the way what was the rent, would be very interesting to read the full true story

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    My first thought was "hope the new rent is much higher"!

    Nothing is for free in the real world.

     
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