Private landlords fined after failing to improve standard of property in Lincolnshire
PRIVATE housing landlords in North Kesteven have been fined after failing to improve the standard of their property on Witham Drive, Chapel Hill.
On Wednesday, December 12, landlords Mr Hughes and Mr Reid pleaded guilty to the charge of failing to comply with an Improvement Notice under Sections 11 & 12 of the Housing Act 2004.
NKDC housing renewal officers liaised with the landlords for some time to find a solution for upgrading the thermal comfort of the property and other flats owned by them before taking enforcement action.
Cllr Stewart Ogden, executive member with responsibility for housing management said: "The Council is committed to improving standards in the private sector through negotiation and enforcement against landlords that rent out properties in poor condition. We will seek to prosecute landlords who do not carry out the required work."
In many cases any costs imposed by a court will exceed the cost of the work required to bring the property up to standard.
Mr Hughes and Mr Reid were fined £325 each and ordered to pay £100 each towards prosecution costs. The court added a victim surcharge of £15 each and made a collection order for payment. Because of an early guilty plea they were given a third off. Between them they had to pay a total of £880.