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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Woking landlord fined

Woking landlord, Alan Kevin Fowler has been fined after failing to comply with two Improvement Notices served by Woking Borough Council under the Housing Act 2004.

Mr Fowler failed to respond to the notices requiring him to have smoke alarms installed, repair a faulty extractor fan, carry out an electrical inspection, treat areas of mould growth, replace cracked ceramic floor tiles, fix a leaky toilet and have the installation of a hot water cylinder properly authorised.

Mr Fowler also failed to respond to requests for information on ownership and occupation of the rental property under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.

The landlord received a fine of £4,500 alongside costs to Woking Council of £3,732.11, plus a victim surcharge of £200.

Cllr Colin Kemp, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing Services comments:

“We gave Mr Fowler ample opportunity to rectify the multiple issues with his property, all of which were ignored. We were therefore in no doubt that prosecution was the only suitable approach. The proactive court enforcement action will act as a deterrent to others considering neglect of their property and of their duty to provide a secure and habitable place of residence for their tenants.”

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