Landlord Fined for Mould Ridden Property

A Woking landlord has been ordered to pay fines of £8,432 after allowing his tenants to live in a mould ridden property with a leaking toilet.

Alan Kevin Fowler was fined for failing to carry out vital work on the rental property, despite being issued with two Improvement Notices.

Two inspections in December 2015 revealed a plethora of hazards in the property, including a faulty extractor fans, a broken smoke alarm and a poorly installed high pressure hot water cylinder. A leak from the clylinder had resulted in mould growth, whilst the property also had cracked floors and a leaking toilet. It was described as being in ‘an appalling state of disrepair.’

Mr Fowler had failed to respond to a legal notice served under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 which required him to provide information about the ownership and occupation of the accommodation. He also failed to carry out any of the works required by the notices, meaning that the Council decided to prosecute. This is the fourth prosecution of its kind in Woking Borough in the last six months.

Mr Fowler was found guilty and therefore fined £4,500, with costs of £3,732.11 costs to Woking Borough Council. He was also charged a victim surcharge of £200

Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing Services, Councillor Colin Kemp, said: ‘Our successful prosecution of private landlords demonstrates the Council’s ongoing commitment to safeguarding the rights of private tenants in the Borough We do not tolerate poor housing standards or complete disregard for tenant welfare and, wherever possible, we will aim to build a case and prosecute against such behaviour. We gave Mr Fowler ample opportunity to rectify the multiple issues with his property, all of which were ignored. We were therefore in no doubt that prosecution was the only suitable approach.’

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