A private sector landlord has been prosecuted for a number of offences under housing legislation designed to protect tenants living in shared accommodation
Flintshire Environmental Health Officers inspected a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) at 7 Connaught Avenue in Shotton last July
They discovered the house had no working fire alarms, no fire doors, defective electrics and inadequate bathroom amenities.
The property owner Glyn Roberts had ignored requests made under HMO to produce gas and electrical testing certificates.
An Improvement Notice was served under the Housing Act 2004, a follow up inspection found that the Improvement Notice had not been complied with and that the gas boiler had been condemned for safety reasons.
Glyn Trevor Roberts pleaded guilty to all 6 offences relating to the property at Wrexham Magistrates Court.
Offences included failing to comply with an Improvement Notice, failing to register rental property, failing to obtain a licence to manage rental property and failure to supply gas and electrical test certificates.
In mitigation it was heard that Mr Roberts was in financial difficulties and was expecting to complete a sale on the property within the next six weeks and would then no longer be a landlord.
Mr Roberts was found guilty of all 6 offences and in sentencing was fined £600.
He was also ordered to pay a contribution of £200 to Flintshire County Council’s costs.
In sentencing, Mr Roberts was warned that breaches of such legislation could end in tragedy and that if it weren’t for his financial situation, the scale of the fines would have been much greater.
Flintshire County Council’s Chief Officer for Planning, Environment and Economy, Andrew Farrow, said:
“This successful prosecution sends a clear message that Flintshire County Council will not tolerate the poor management of Houses in Multiple Occupation.
This legislation is designed to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of some of our most vulnerable residents.
It reflects Flintshire County Council’s commitment to ensuring homes in the private rented sector are in good repair, have all the necessary amenities and are properly managed.”