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Sunday, August 07, 2016

Cricklewood landlord fined £17,693

A landlord of a rental property in Cricklewood, London has been handed a bill of £17,693 by Willesden Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to offences under the Housing Act 2006. period

The court heard how landlord Paul Fenton rented out the flat for £1,000 a month although the flat was 'not fit to live in' due to issues of severe damp and mould, rotting doors and a dilapidated boiler.

Following an inspection of the rental flat in August 2015 by Brent Council Enforcement Officers an improvement notice was sent to the landlord with a 56 day period to comply.

Despite further warnings and visits to enforce the improvements Mr Fenton failed to undertake the works required. A final visit in May 2016 found the properties to still be in an unsafe state of repair.

The landlord argued that as he had not received any complaints from the tenants that he presumed the state of the property met their satisfaction.

The case has left Mr Fenton with a fine of £16,000, costs of £1,573 and a victim surcharge of £120.

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