Landlords fined for failing to repair property
Two landlords have been ordered to pay a total of £5,260 in fines and costs after failing to make repairs at the property they let out. Willesden Magistrates’ Court was told that Tarrek and Saira Aslam, from Brent in north London had left the house at Wembley in an ‘appalling state of disrepair’, including:
• persistent leaks from the bathroom
• windows in need of repair
• a collapsed ceiling
• and severe damp and mould growth.
A Brent Council environmental health and housing standards officer was called to the property in April 2014.
The officer then made numerous telephone calls and sent letters giving detailed information on the works that needed to be done, and met Mr Aslam at Brent Civic Centre.
When the work was not undertaken, Brent Council served an improvement notice in June 2014 under sections 11 and 12 of the Housing Act 2004, detailing the state of the premises and the repairs needed. But most of the work still had not been done by the deadline of September 2014.
The landlords were found guilty by magistrates of failing to comply with the requirements of the improvement notice.