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A Bolton landlord has been fined £5,000 for repeatedly ignoring warnings to improve the condition of a buy to let property he let out to a family.
Landlord Shabaz Ali Hussain, of Chorley Old Road, Bolton, ignored demands to repair exposed wires, fix a leaking roof and remove large piles of rubbish from the rental property. Bolton Magistrates Court heard that Bolton Council officers first visited the property in December 2016 following a complaint to the Housing Standards Team. A number of hazards were identified with the property which could have endangered the safety of the tenants within. There was also a significant accumulation of waste in the back yard.
A second inspection was carried out in June 2017 following a report to the council regarding a leaking roof. On each of the occasions the council stepped in to carry out the work instead. Hussain ignored several months’ worth of reminders and warnings to fulfil his legal necessities.
One year after the Housing Standards Team first visited, in December, 2017, the tenants contacted Bolton Council explaining that they had moved out.
The court found that Hussain had failed to comply with both an Abatement Notice under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 issued in July 2017. He had also failed to comply with a Housing Act Improvement Notice served in August the same year.
The landlord was fined £2,500 for each offence and ordered to pay a £250 victim surcharge as well as £940.81 in costs. He did not attend the court and the decision was reached in his absence.
Bolton Council’s executive cabinet member for housing, Councillor Nick Peel, said: ‘Nobody should have to live in unsafe or unsuitable accommodation. Whenever possible, we try to work in partnership with private landlords to make sure their properties meet the required legal standards. But when landlords refuse to co-operate, we will not hesitate to take the strongest possible action This decision sends a clear message that we will not tolerate landlords who ignore their responsibilities and make their tenants’ lives a misery. If tenants are concerned about their property we would encourage them to get in touch with us.’