Bassetlaw Council Prosecutes Landlord for Unsafe Investment Property

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A rogue landlord has been prosecuted by Bassetlaw District Council after failing to make improvements to a rental property in Worksop.

Last December, landlord Susan Jubb was issued with a closure notice relating to a property in Worksop. The property in question had issues with fire safety and electrical faults, as well as ‘persistant anti-social behavior.’ It was also found to have ‘no fire alarm, a front door nailed shut, electrical faults and missing floorboards’, with the tenants living in ‘uninhabitable and unsafe conditions’.

The home was eventually ‘deemed too dangerous to live in’ and the ‘source of persistent anti-social behaviour’. 17 areas of concern were also highlighted in a prohibition order. There were also no adequate fire escapes loose cabling and doors and windows that were not secured.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service brought the issues to Bassetlaw District Council’s attention after the tenant requested a fire safety check.

Mrs Jubb was told to ‘take immediate action’ on 11 of the issues. However, Nottinghamshire Police later served a closure notice relating to the anti social behaviour.

Mrs Jubb had previously failed to comply with an improvement notice that was issued in August 2016. The closure notice applied until February 2018 and the prohibition order prevented anyone from living there until all repairs were carried out.

The landlord was fined £2,666, and was also told that she will have to pay the council’s legal costs of £3,519 and a victim surcharge of £266. The former tenant has now been rehoused by the council’s housing needs team.

Member for neighbourhoods at the council, Julie Leigh, said: ‘We welcome the court’s decision and a significant fine is justified after Jubb had taken advantage of a tenant and forced them to live in uninhabitable and unsafe conditions. Thanks to the council’s prohibition order, Jubb must also bring her property up to the necessary standard before she will be allowed to rent out the property or allow anyone to live in the property. We hope that this serves as a warning to other landlords whose properties are not up to the required standard or pose a danger to their tenants.’

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