Landlord who ignored improvement notice fined thousands of pounds
A UK landlord who ignored an improvement notice and left a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) in a woeful state of disrepair has been fined thousands of pounds.
Piara Singh Sehajpal, Buckinghamshire, was previously ordered to fix a number of issues – including a leaking roof – after he was issued an improvement notice by environmental health officers from his local Council.
But according to reports, Mr Sehajpal ignored the notice, and failed to make any of the necessary improvements to the Buckinghamshire home.
Families living in the HMO reported “serious problems” that had long gone unattended to.
Mr Sehajpal found himself facing a legal battle in Court, where he was charged with failing to comply with the improvement notice.
The inattentive landlord was abruptly found guilty of the charge, and was handed a fine of £10,000.
He was also ordered to pay costs of £1,500 and a victim surcharge of £170, according to reports.
Commenting on the case, Councillor and Cabinet Member for Housing, Public Health, and Community Safety, said: “This landlord was instructed to fix the issues at the property by a Council environmental health officer to ensure the families in these properties, which included young children, were living in a safe and healthy home.
“The Council is committed to ensuring families in our borough have access to safe, warm, and dry housing and protecting them from sub-standard landlords.
“Rogue landlords should take notice that the Council will not hesitate to exercise all options available to it in seeking solutions to sub-standard housing, this case makes that clear.”