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Sherburn in Elmet landlord has been fined £12,500

Selby District Council

1:29pm 1st May 2012
(Updated 1:35pm 1st May 2012)

A Sherburn in Elmet landlord has been fined £12,500 after Selby District Council successfully brought a prosecution in order to help protect private sector tenants, as part of the authority's duty to uphold housing standards within the area.

On Monday 30th April Terry Alexander, of Habour Reach, Imperial Road, Fulham, London was found guilty of five offences of failing to comply with an Improvement Notice served on his property at Church Hill, Sherburn in Elmet. The case was heard at Selby Magistrates Court. In addition to the £12,500 fine, Alexander will also pay the Council's costs of £540 and a victim surcharge of £15.

In February 2011 the Council received complaints about the property at 33 Church Hill, Sherburn in Elmet and the Council inspected the property under powers within the 2004 Housing Act. The Council asked Alexander to carry out remedial works, but when nothing was done served the landlord with an Improvement Notice.

The Improvement Notice covered a number of key issues, including dealing with damp in the bathroom and bedrooms, ensuring sanitary fittings were working properly, repairing guttering, providing smoke detectors, repairing an internal fire door and carrying out adequate safety inspections for the boiler, gas fire and gas cooker.

The Council re-inspected the property in December last year to find that none of the works had been carried out.

Failing to comply with each of the 5 categories of the Improvement Notice has landed Alexander with a fine of £2,500, totaling £12,500 for the work he failed to carry out throughout the property.

Alexander did not attend court and, therefore, the matter was proven in his absence.

A spokesman for the Council said:

"We have a duty to protect private sector tenants and this proves that we take our role seriously. Legal action is always a last resort, and throughout this case we tried to work with the landlord to reach a satisfactory conclusion but the work remained unfinished, which is why we had no choice but to bring the matter to court."

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