A dangerous buy to let property in Worksop has been shut down by police following reports of persistent anti-social behaviour.
The home was deemed too dangerous for tenants to live in following a council inspection, with electrical faults, missing floorboards and fire damage all detected in the property. A Bassetlaw District Council Prohibition Order outlined these areas of concern, with the authority ordering the landlord to take immediate action on 11 counts.
Landlord Susan Jubb had previously failed to comply with an improvement notice issued to her in August 2016 by the council, following the discovery of serious safety concerns. Loose cabling was found in the property, along with a complete lack of fire alarms and no adequate fire escapes. There were also security concerns, as the front door had been nailed shut, whilst other doors and windows were not secure.
The current closure notice is in force until February 2018, whilst the prohibition notice means that no one is able to live in the Worksop property until repairs and remedial works have taken place. The former tenant has been rehoused.
Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council, Councillor Julie Leigh, said: ‘Working in partnership with a number of different agencies, we have been able to prevent a rogue landlord from taking advantage of a tenant and forcing them to live in uninhabitable and unsafe conditions. Thanks to the council’s prohibition order, Susan Jubb must bring her property up to the necessary standard before she will be allowed to rent out the property or allow anyone to live in the property. The closure notice served by Notts Police will also address any further anti-social behaviour occurring around the address and be of great relief to the local community.’
Police Constable Mark Topham, from Nottinghamshire Police, also commented on the case: ‘The Neighbourhood Policing Team were notified of problems in relation to the address and its occupants earlier this year. Since this time we have been working closely with the local community and Bassetlaw Council to gather evidence of persistent anti-social behaviour and associated incidents linked to the address. I attended Mansfield Magistrates Court where a closure order was granted for a period of three months. During this time it is an offence to remain on or enter the address. This is a great example of how a local authority and police can work together to help resolve issues important to the local community.’