Rogue landlord to pay £8,680
Boston properties had:
· Dangerous wiring and gas piping;
· Still damp after 2013 flood;
· Washing machine and fridge operating in the the garden;
· No fire detection system
· Leaking toilet soil pipe
A landlord has been ordered to pay a total of £8,680 after failing to comply with notices from Boston Borough Council to improve two properties in the town.
Simon Vivien Bourne was found guilty in his absence of failing to comply with improvement notices served by the council on 38 Tunnard Street and 2 Windsor Terrace.
On Monday (September 7) Boston Magistrates fined him £2,000 on each of the offences, awarded the council costs of £4,480.79 and levied a £200 victim surcharge.
Both properties were used as HMOs (Houses of Multiple Occupation) and were found by investigating officers from the borough council to have dangerous defects.
The property at Tunnard Street had dangerous electrical wiring and gas piping. Dampness persisted throughout the property since the flood of December, 2013. A washing machine and a fridge were operating in the open in the garden, connected to the electricity supply inside the house.
No fire detection system had been installed, tiles were missing from the roof and the chimney stack was in a dangerous condition.
At the house in Windsor Terrace there were exposed light fittings, damp and a toilet soil pipe was leaking.
After the hearing Cllr Ben Evans, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for housing, property and community, said: "We have a stated mission to improve conditions for people living in properties in the private rented sector, and will take all necessary steps to get landlords to comply with improvements we deem necessary.
"We have been successful in working with landlords and there have been improvements to the benefit of their tenants. But where landlords ignore us and then ignore notices we serve which are backed by law there will be consequences. This landlord even failed to attend at court, but the case was still dealt with. These issues cannot be ignored, they will not go away."
A damp moisture meter used at floor level on the ground floor rear living room party wall in Tunnard Street. The indication of a high moisture reading of 9" in the Red Zone, clearly showed the wall was subject to rising dampness.
The loose and insecure sink unit in the main kitchen area in Tunnard Street, which was falling to pieces (doors and drawers missing / ill fitted as the carcass was water saturated and in serious disrepair).