Landlord Tenant Dispute in favour of Tenant
Tenants complaint upheld as a landlord failed to keep the flat he rented out ‘in good and clean decorative repair’ and was fined £2,350 including the court costs!
Local housing officers found dirt, cockroaches and mould in the tenants apartment including a hole in the staircase which went into a car garage below.
They also found bare electrical wires, kitchen cupboard doors off their hinges and unsafe coverings and dodgy repairs to the staircase.
The successful prosecution comes as the local Council finished the first phase of a consultation process over licensing all private landlords, where, if given the go-ahead, would be the first borough in the country to do this. The proposals are backed by national housing charity Shelter which has urged other councils to follow the council's lead.
The Local Mayor said “We want to ensure that private sector rented properties are well managed and meet a good standard. We also want to deal with the crime and anti-social behaviour that is sometimes associated with bad private sector rented housing. There are good landlords and we want to work with them. Unfortunately there are also some unscrupulous ones - which these proposals would target… We will never accept private sector tenants being directly exploited by landlords who force them to live in dangerous and unacceptable conditions….Good landlords have nothing to fear from this scheme. For the bad ones, this a clear message they must clean up their act.”
Shelter, said: “We urge other local councils to send a clear signal that enforcing the law against rogue landlords is a priority.”
So, if you have a particularly bad property that you are paying good rent on, complain! Complain today to your local council housing officer and things can change for the best. If you don’t know who that is go to your local Citizens Advice office or Shelter Office.