Landlord fined for serious breach of health and safety
Bodmin Magistrates' Court recently fined a landlord who had repeatedly failed to deal with serious health and safety issues on his property.
The court heard that the property in Callington, Cornwall was severely overcrowded with a number of safety issues. The initial inspection on the property took place in May last year, when an inspector from Cornwall Council discovered that the state of the property was a threat to the health and safety of the tenants. The council had to intervene and conduct emergency repairs to ensure the tenants were safe.
The faults included a defective electrical installation, no functioning fixed heating and poor security. Nigel Grist, the landlord, was served with three improvement notices, all with specific deadlines to have the work completed. However, further inspection of the property in September indicated that no remedial work had been carried out.
Grist appeared in court on March 4th and pleaded guilty to three charges of failing to comply with the improvement notices. He was fined £300 and had to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and costs of £180.
The cabinet member for environment and housing at Cornwall Council, Joyce Duffin, said that the case illustrates that some landlords still avoid compliance with the regulations, placing their tenants in danger. She added that the council worked hard to help landlords to fulfil their legal obligations, but would crack down on those who tried to avoid their duty to tenants.
Although landlords may not be required to provide the same safety equipment as an employer, like PPE, they must still provide a safe environment for their tenants.