Landlords can be punished for failing to repair and maintain homes
Published by Sarah Ashcroft
While inexperienced landlords might see only an opportunity to make money, it is important to remember the role comes with a number of legal responsibilities attached.
For instance, owners of rental property must properly maintain and repair it to ensure tenants are able to live in adequate conditions. This is something one landlord in Rugby failed to achieve and he has subsequently paid the price.
Mokhtar Mohammed Pouri, who owns a house in multiple occupation on Newbold Road in the town, has been hit with a £1,500 fine after failing to suitably repair a rental property. It is the third time Mr Pouri has been prosecuted by the borough council for refusing to comply with improvement notices.
He was first given a notice in November 2008 after council inspectors discovered there were examples of severe damp as well as breaches of fire safety regulations. The council handed out further notices in 2010, before prosecuting him in May 2011 and May 2012.
Mr Pouri pleaded guilty to four offences of failing to comply with improvement notices and was informed of the fine during an appearance at Nuneaton Magistrates' Court this week.
Councillor Leigh Hunt, the authority's communities spokesman, said: 'In the majority of cases the council works with landlords to make sure properties comply with housing regulations.
But when landlords ignore improvement notices and jeopardise the welfare of tenants, the council has no hesitation in taking the matter to court.'
In addition to the £1,500 fine, Mr Pouri was told he must pay the council's costs, which total £2,046, emphasising the expensive nature of failing to keep up with the demands of running a rental property.
His case may serve as a reminder to other landlords around the UK that they must also provide safe and comfortable properties that comply with all the latest guidance from local authorities.
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Published on: October 10, 2013
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