Court Ruling on Dangerous Rental Property

A landlord whose property was ruled to be in a poor and dangerous condition has been ordered to pay £2,745 by courts, according to Barnet Council.

Mr Tomlinson pleaded guilty in front of a Magistrate Court after failing to comply with a notice requiring him to improve the condition of his property.

In April 2012, Barnet Council’s Environmental Health team served Tomlinson with an improvement notice after one of his tenants reported major issues with dampness and condensation at the flat that he owned.

The magistrates ruled that Tomlinson had been an experienced landlord for some time and had let problems continue at the property for 17 months.

Westpine Property Lettings & Management agree that the ruling against Mr Tomlinson is both fair and justifiable. For repairs affecting the health and well-being of a tenant to not be resolved after 17 months is unacceptable. The case reflects the necessity for all landlords to comply with improvement notices as soon as possible. Property owners must observe that these notices are not advisory and are indeed compulsory and must be acted upon straightaway.

Westpine’s policy for any reported property issue is to liaise with the landlord to resolve the problem as quickly and efficiently as possible where required. Westpine are able to advise where the liability lies for each maintenance issue reported, whether tenant or landlord. We have links to a number of reliable and professional contractors in the local area who can attend the property to assess any damage and provide plans for a long term solution. We liaise directly with the landlord, tenant and contractor to keep all parties informed at all times and aim to have any serious issues which could affect the health or safety of an occupier resolved within 48 hours whenever possible.

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No landlord enjoys the cost of essential repairs to their property, however the consequences of failing to address health and safety issues can be much more severe. The landlord may risks fines and/or legal action. What can be a quick, simple and reasonably cheap initial repair can be allowed to turn into a serious problem running into thousands of pounds.

As part of Westpine’s Tenant Move-In Guide, we issue the tenant with clear instructions on how to prevent condensation and where it is present, limit its spread. There are situations of condensation caused by the tenant which is preventable. In this instance, Westpine have a strict policy to check windows and doors for any signs during property inspections carried out under our Full Management service level. Advice and instruction at this stage can prevent cost to all parties.

In Mr Tomlinson’s case, there has been no consideration for the health of the tenant. It is a proven fact that severe damp problems can lead to respiratory illnesses if not swiftly dealt with. A landlord who fails to act whether on the advice of a tenant, letting/managing agent or the environmental health department should ask themselves the following question. Would I allow my family and loved one’s to live in the property?…………

Westpine can be contacted on 01204 694121, http://www.westpinelettings.com, 87 Winter Hey Lane, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 7PA

 

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Property professional and managing director of Westpine Property Lettings and Management, Bolton
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