A rogue Lavender Hill landlord was fined £10,000 after leaving the tenants in his rental properties suffering serious problems in their homes.
Landlord Piara Singh Sehaipal, of Honeysuckle Road, Buckinghamshire, allowed the degradation of the property he let to the extent that the conditions in the home threatened the health of his tenants, some of whom were families with young children. A council investigation into the three-flat property revealed a ceiling that had not been fixed after a leak, along with several other issues. Sehajpal was issued an improvement notice from the council. However, he refused to act on this, leading to the case being taken to court.
The landlord was charged with failing to comply with the improvement notice and was subsequently found guilty at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ court on November 7. He failed to show up in court for his trial.
Sehaipal was fined £10,000 in his absence, and was ordered to pay costs amounting to £1,500 to the council. He was also issued with a victim surcharge of £170. A collection order has been put in place and the landlord has 28 days to make payment.
Cabinet member for housing, public health and community safety, Mark Boyle, commented on the case: ‘The council is committed to ensuring families in our borough have access to safe, warm, and dry housing and protecting them from sub-standard landlords. This landlord was instructed to fix the issues at the property by a council environmental health officer to ensure the families in these properties, which included young children, were living in a safe and healthy home.’
He issued a warning to others in the buy to let sector: ‘Rogue landlords should take notice that the council will not hesitate to exercise all options available to it in seeking solutions to sub-standard housing, this case makes that clear.’