On Wednesday 13th July 2016 at King’s Lynn Magistrates Court, the Estate Agency pleaded guilty of 15 offences under the Housing Act 2004.
The charges related to the condition of a property which was a house of multiple occupation and included matters such as inadequate fire resistance to internal partitions, lack of testing of electrical installations, dampness, mould growth and defective lighting.
Officers had attended the property in September 2015 and prohibited the occupation of two of the flats within the property as the tenants were deemed to be at risk of serious harm arising from structurally unsound flooring and a dangerous electrical installation. Further investigations were undertaken resulting in today’s conviction.
The Agency were fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £6,500 costs to the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, who were represented by Eastlaw.
Councillor Adrian Lawrence the portfolio holder for Housing Services within the Council said;
“It is important that landlords fully understand their obligations and responsibilities in respect to properties they own and let. The Council take very seriously their duties in relation to investigating poor housing conditions and will often work with landlords to ensure that standards are maintained. It is alarming however where you have professional landlords who are found to be in breach of the regulations and in such cases formal enforcement action is warranted.”
“Management of houses of multiple occupation are subject to very specific regulations and these regulations place a very clear onus on those persons managing these types of properties to ensure that they meet minimum standards. Landlords should be fully aware of these regulations and ensure that they are complaint at all times.”