A pair of private landlords have been fined for their failure to provide adequate heating for the tenants in their property, before subsequently evicting them.
John and Deborah-Anne Solomi, both of Magnolia Drive, Banstead, Surrey, were each dealt fines of £3,742 in a hearing at Guildford Magistrates’ Court on the 4th of April.
The duo had been issued several warnings by officers from Reigate and Banstead Borough Council regarding the provision of adequate heating in the property, yet the pair persisted to ignore them, endangering the safety of their tenant. The landlords then evicted their tenant rather than providing the correct heating provisions.
Mr and Mrs Solomi opted not to appear in court for the proceedings, and were both found guilty of the charge and fined in their absence.
Executive member for enforcement, Councillor James Durrant, described the case: ‘The risks to health at the flat were significant. The heating needed to be replaced to bring the flat up to an acceptable standard but Mr and Mrs Solomi did not do this, despite us issuing a notice requiring that they carry out the work. Instead Mr and Mrs Solomi evicted their tenant.’
He urged the importance of seeking a balance between supporting the buy to let sector and ridding it of criminal landlords who lower its standard. Durrant continued: ‘We are keen to support the borough’s business community but we also have a responsibility to take action against businesses who flout the rules. We will take robust action against landlords who do not carry out their responsibilities to provide safe and healthy accommodation for their tenants.’