Landlord fined for failing to disclose identity
A landlord was successfully prosecuted by Leicester City Council for failing to disclose lawful ownership of a rental property which needed essential repairs.
The tenant had complained to the Leicester City Council following several months without hot water as the tenant was unable to contact their landlord. Following this complaint, the council visited the property and found major disrepairs at the property. The list of disrepairs included, faulty electrics, no hot water or central heating, no fire precautions or safe means of escape, damp, mould and the property was at risk of structural collapse.
The only working heat source was a single wall mounted gas fire which hadn’t been inspected by an approved gas safe engineer for over 20 years. Following inspection, the council issued an improvement Notice in accordance with The Housing act 2004 instructing the landlord to make the required changes. The landlord never responded, so the council organised the necessary repairs on the landlord's behalf costing £10,000.
The council then issued legal proceedings against the landlord to cover the cost of repairs and for failing to complete and return an ownership questionnaire. The landlord was found guilty of failure to complete the ownership documents and was fined £3,500, ordered to pay costs of £2,492 as well as the repair costs of £10,000.
This story signals hope for tenants suffering from negligent landlords who refuse to do essential repairs.