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Two landlords fined for unfit rental properties

Released: Tuesday, 02 April 2019

Two landlords have been fined thousands of pounds after failing to carry out improvements to unfit rental properties.

Adur District Council took action on the owners of properties in Lancing and Southwick and, after appeals from both were rejected, the Civil Penalty Notices (CPN) have now been upheld.

Robert Cook was originally served with a CPN after failing to comply with an improvement notice from Adur District Council's Private Sector Housing team on a property in Ingleside Crescent, Lancing. The property, which was rented out to private tenants, had been poorly converted from a garage and had serious fire safety and heating issues.

He appealed the CPN but it was upheld by the First-tier Tribunal in Havant Justice Centre and Cook was told to pay the Council £15,000.

Mr Cook had also been served with demolition orders on two structures, including a summer house, in the garden of the property. After refusing to take down the structures, the Council obtained a warrant and carried out the work which will also be charged to the landlord.

Dennis Clark, owner of a property in Cross Road, Southwick, also lost his appeal against a fine of £9,350. He was served with a CPN after failing to carry out improvements to the property which included fire safety measures and works to complete a shared kitchen.
Formally a care home, the property had been let out by Clark as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

Cllr Carson Albury, Adur District Council's Executive Member for Customer Services, said:

“Civil Penalty Notices are a powerful tool to make it clear to landlords that running or providing substandard living accommodation is not acceptable.”

“The proceeds from the fines are also used to support the ongoing work of the Private Sector Housing Team to ensure the safety and quality of rented properties across Adur.”

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