North Ayrshire Buy to Let Investors Kicked Off Landlord Register

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Two buy to let investors have been kicked off the landlord register in North Ayrshire after causing a serious risk to their tenants.

The two offenders risked their tenants’ lives by failing to install smoke detectors in their properties. At a licensing meeting last week, the committee removed one of said landlords from the council’s Register. The other landlord who had previously been ejected from the register was told that he would not be able to re-register as a landlord after his offences.   

As well as the failure to install smoke detectors, many of the properties in the portfolio did not have the appropriate gas and safety electrical certificates.

At the meeting of the Licensing Committee, elected members were shown pictures which revealed the dangerous conditions. These ranged from bare wires spliced together and sticking through a hole in a plaster wall to vast chunks of plaster board exposing holes in the ceiling. It was also evident that there was mould on the walls and ceilings.

Furthermore, the inspections noted broken boilers, windows that wouldn’t close properly and lights that didn’t work due to issues with condensation.

The decision by the Licensing Committee comes after  months of collaboration from a number of council departments ranging from licensing, housing, building standards and corporate fraud. This is part of the Council’s plans to protect tenants in North Ayrshire.

Chair of the licensing committee, Councillor Ronnie McNicol, said: ‘This comes as a result of a lot of hard work from various teams across the council. Without their detailed investigations, we wouldn’t have this level of evidence to help inform us. We hope the decisions taken on Wednesday act as a warning to other landlords. The majority provide a fantastic service and ook after their tenants and help them set up comfortable homes. But we have to ensure that tenants across North Ayrshire are protected, safe and are treated with respect. Landlords who do not maintain their houses to the legal standards could face sanctions. We will take action – we have proved that in recent weeks.’

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