Landlord and lettings agency director fined £9,000 over freezing, damp house

first_imgHome » News » Landlord and lettings agency director fined £9,000 over freezing, damp house previous nextLandlord and lettings agency director fined £9,000 over freezing, damp houseProperty in Colchester owned by landlord who is also director of the lettings agency that managed it failed to carry out repairs despite local council requests.Nigel Lewis10th November 201701,403 Views A lettings agency director and landlord who owned a rental property in Colchester, Essex has been fined nearly £9,000 after the local authority discovered a single mother and her four children living in appalling conditions.Landlord Simon Weir, who is a director of local three-branch firm Michaels Property Consultants Ltd based in Colchester (pictured, right) which managed the house, was prosecuted after failing to carry out repairs to the property and, when the tenant complained about flooding in upstairs rooms and extreme cold to the local council, tried to evict her.During the court hearing, she revealed that her children would be taken to bed at 6pm because the the downstairs rooms were as so cold, and that she was afraid to use the upstairs lights because rain was pouring in through a loft hatch.She had been reporting defects within the property on Wimpole Road to Weir and his letting agency since late 2015 but, facing another winter in the property, she alerted Colchester Borough Council.It then served a Housing Act Improvement Notice on the property, requiring several problems to be resolved including the leaking roof, a defective chimney and work on insulating the property.The letting agency said it could not undertake any work while there was a tenant in the property but failed to offer her any alternative accommodation, the court heard, and after a four-month limit passed, the case was referred to Colchester Magistrate’s Court.“We expect landlords and letting agents to follow their own industry guidance which requires them to let homes that are safe and deal quickly with any problems that arise,” says Councillor Tina Bourne, the council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities (pictured, left).“This case shows that the Council will not tolerate poor management practices or poor housing conditions that make residents’ lives a misery and put them at risk of becoming homeless.”Weir was fined £5,000 plus costs of £3,700 and a £170 victim surcharge.lettings agency Michaels Property Consultants Ltd Simon Weir Colchester Borough Council Tina Bourne November 10, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more