Housing Offences Cost Dover landlord Over £10,000

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A Dover landlord has been found guilty of 22 Housing Act offences relating to his HMO investment property at a hearing at Margate Magistrates Court.

Dover landlord Fernando Xavier Da Moura Monteiro was fined £5,400, with £5,000 costs and a £50 victim surcharge, a grand total of £10,450.

The licensed house of multiple occupation (HMO) in question is situated in East Cliff, Dover, and was first visited by officers from Dover District Council in 2017.

The property was found to have several defects including broken or non-working fire alarms, a deterioration and breach of fire safety measures, and accumulations of waste including foul waste discharging into the rear yard. This specifically included toilet water but would also include that from sinks and baths.

The property was generally considered to be in a poor state of repair and breached a number of management regulations and licence conditions.

The landlord was told to make improvements to the property, but when Dover council officers revisited in August 2018 the property was in such a serious condition in relation to the fire alarm system and electrics that the council made an emergency order to prohibit the use of the property for occupation.

Despite the order, the council found in a later visit in November that the landlord had allowed parts of the property to be occupied.

Dover District Council then brought the case to court, where the defendant was fined for not complying with the Emergency Prohibition Order and for breaches of housing management regulations and his licence conditions.

DDC cabinet member for housing, Cllr Pauline Beresford, said after the court case: ‘We continue to work hard to ensure that private sector residents are living in accommodation that is well maintained, safe and warm.

‘We take robust legal action where landlords fail to comply with the regulations and their obligations.’

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