Cheshire Landlord Fined for Failing to Improve Safety of Property

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A rogue Cheshire landlord has been fined £2,495 due to his failure to take necessary action to improve the safety and cleanliness of his rental property.

Complaints from an existing tenant in September 2016 lead to the Council’s Regulatory Services becoming involved. They repeatedly contacted landlord Nicholas Shaw in an attempt to resolve the problems. However, he failed to take any action to improve the safety or cleanliness of the property.

Mr Shaw of Norbury’s Yard, Knutsford, Cheshire, was therefore fined following his failure to comply with an improvement notice served under the Housing Act 2004. The charges were in relation to a flat, part of a Victorian terrace, in Northwich. The flat was home to a family with two young children who were both under the age of five at the time of the initial complaint.  

The property had single-glazed windows which needed to be replaced and a front door which needed to be changed. There was also insufficient loft insulation and problems with mould in the property’s bathroom. However, despite repeated requests Mr Shaw did nothing to rectify these problems. This rendered court action the only viable option.

Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Angela Claydon, said: ‘As a Council we are very keen to improve housing conditions in the private rented sector. Our first preference is always to work in partnership with landlords however, we are not afraid of taking legal action against landlords who refuse to engage with us and do not carry out the necessary works we have recommended.’

She continued: ‘In the autumn we will be launching a Better Renting Campaign which will not only feature the work the Council is doing to improve housing conditions and housing management standards across the borough, but will also show how we are working with our partners in making sure that tenants are aware of their rights and responsibilities. The Council is keen to ensure that the private rented sector works for good landlords and tenants alike and that appropriate action is taken against landlords who do not fulfil their responsibilities.’

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