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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Salford landlord fined £4,000

A Salford landlord has been fined £4,000 for failing to respond to improvement notices issued by the council.

Landlord, Liam Kelly, of College Farm View, Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland failed to attend his court case at Manchester City Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 7th of January. He was found guilty of failing to comply with a housing improvement notice issued by Salford City Council and was ordered to pay £1,060.54 in costs and a victim surcharge of £120. 

Council officers described how the rental property did not meet basic fire safety requirements, with no smoke detector fitted to the ground floor,  a stiff back door and unopenable bedroom windows.  The property was also described as 'damp', and a leak from the bathroom had caused bulging in the kitchen ceiling.

In March, officers wrote to Mr Kelly and his letting agent, Reeds Rains of Memorial Road, but neither responded within the required 14 days. The council then issued an improvement notice requiring the work to be completed within the next three months, but this dead line was also ignored.

An inspection in June showed no one of the work had been carried out. Mr Kelly was invited to either attend an interview in Salford to explain why it had not been done, or send in a written defence but  failed to respond again.

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