Fine for Grantham Landlord Ignoring Improvement Notices

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A Grantham landlord has been fined by South Kesteven District Council for failing to comply with two improvement notices issued by the council.

The landlord Thomas Sobierajski pleaded guilty by letter to the offences under the Housing Act 2004 and was fined £513 by Lincoln magistrates. The magistrates also ordered Sobierajski to pay a victim surcharge of £51 and costs of £3,034.65.

The buy to let investment property in New Beacon Road, Grantham, was found to have numerous safety hazards as well as damp and mould.

A South Kesteven District Council housing officer carried out a full inspection of the Grantham property in September 2017 after the tenant complained about the damp and mould.

The inspection also revealed fire safety hazards in that there were no smoke detectors at the Grantham property. In addition, modifications had been made that impeded means of escape from fire and concerns over the safety of electrical installation.

The following month saw the tenant complain to the council again, this time about a leak from pipes in the first floor bathroom at the rental property.

The council went on to issue improvement notices on the Grantham property on October 27, 2017, and then again on November 3, 2017.

However, on two further visits made by a council housing officer on November 17, 2017, and January 26, 2018, it was found that the required improvement work mentioned in the notices had not been carried out at all.

The landlord responded via email confirming receipt of all documentation in March of this year. However, upon further inspection of the Grantham property in June 2018 it was found that the work had not even been started.

Sobierajski must now pay a total of almost £3,600 for not complying with the council notices to carry out the required improvement works at the rental property.