A Cornwall landlord has been fined for failing to fix serious health and safety failings which put tenants at risk.
Nigel Grist’s property in Porthmellon Gardens, Callington, was “extremely overcrowded”, Bodmin Magistrates’ Court heard.
There were also a number of dangerous issues including no functioning fixed heating, defective electrical installation and poor security.
Mr Grist ignored warnings from Cornwall Council to carry out necessary maintenance work at the property.
The council initially spotted the problems during an inspection in May 2015, after which an improvement notice was served.
Three formal improvement notices were served in total, requiring Mr Grist to rectify the issues by September 2015.
But another inspection at the end of September discovered no work had been carried out to address the problems.
The council was forced to carry out emergency work to ensure the immediate safety of the tenants and their family.
Nigel Grist pleaded guilty to three charges of failing to comply with the requirements of improvement notices served under the Housing Act 2004. He was handed a fine for £300 and ordered to pay costs of £180 and a victim surcharge of £30.
Landlords are responsible for ensuring the health and safety of their tenants, such as keeping a property free from safety hazards and potential causes of personal injuries.
The main areas of concern for landlords are:
Gas equipment must be installed and maintained by an engineer who is Gas Safe registered, while a registered engineer must also carry out annual inspections of the appliances.
Source: Plymouth Herald
Date Published: March 29, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown