Glasgow landlord slammed over 'poor conditions'
Published by Sarah Ashcroft
A woman in Glasgow has accused a landlord of "getting away with murder" after he failed to make vital repairs to her home, resulting in it becoming potentially unsafe.
Amanda Cairns had to make an emergency call to Glasgow City Council's Building Control department after she noticed the floor of her flat begin to fall away. She started to fear for her safety so decided the only course of action was to call in council officers, reports the Glasgow Evening Times.
The flat in Dennistoun was believed to be in an extremely poor state, despite the fact she was paying landlord Sanjay Cauleechum £465 a month for it. Ms Cairns revealed a crack had been in the wall ever since she moved in last May, while there was also dampness and flooding caused by a burst pipe.
"There was water underneath and dampness. That is why the whole flooring has fallen in because it was wet all round it," she explained.
"And the walls are moving now with the crack. The crack has got bigger and made the hole in the floor bigger. I am stuck not knowing what is going to happen."
Landlords around the UK would be well advised to avoid similar problems plaguing their properties for a variety of reasons. Firstly, anybody who is found to have acted unlawfully by supplying housing that is not fit for purpose could face severe punishments, while it is also worth remembering the impact such cases can have on a property owner's reputation in the local area.
Mr Cauleechum met Ms Cairns in January to discuss the house and the improvements that needed to be made. He agreed to provide funds for her to move into temporary accommodation while the work was carried out, but he did not supply enough money in the end.
The case could serve as a reminder to landlords that they must do all they can to provide suitable homes to tenants.
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Published on: March 25, 2013
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