Bath landlord fined for failing to maintain property
Posted 05/05/2016 by Macdonald Martin Ltd.
Mr Simon Blandini has been ordered to pay fines and court costs totaling £2,600 after he illegally let a House in Multiple Occupation. On Monday 25th April Mr Blandini, Bath, pleaded guilty to two different charges at Bath Magistrates Court, one of failing to licence the property and another for failing to maintain it.
The council decided to go ahead with the prosecution after inspectors found that the house of multiple occupation was operating without a licence and had various different fire safety issues making it a constant danger to the occupants. These included a dangerous layout with key locks on the bedroom doors preventing a speedy escape during an emergency. The landlord was prosecuted under the council’s Additional Licensing Scheme.
Since the prosecution, the property has been licensed and the required remedial works have been carried out, making the property abide by the current safety standards.
Liz Richardson, councillor and cabinet member for homes and planning, said: “The Additional Licensing Scheme was brought in to improve the condition and management of HMOs and protect tenants by making homes safe and healthy place to live and we will not take any compliance lightly.
“We are pleased with the result of this prosecution and that the court recognised the seriousness of the offence.
“The council will always try to work in partnership with landlords and agents to improve housing standards and in the majority of cases landlords work hard to comply but where there are clear breaches of legislation the council will take strong enforcement action in order to safeguard tenants.”
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