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Report: Landlord hit with fine after housing disrepair claims

Solicitor ignores notices from council to resolve issues of housing disrepair claims

housing disrepair claimA Criminal Law solicitor landlord from Victoria, London was hit with a £3,500 fine after housing disrepair claims made by tenants.

The District Judge Maria Shelvey heard at St Helen’s Magistrates’ court on September 17th, that the council had become increasingly concerned about the conditions in a house on Prescot road which she had converted to six bedsits. It was said that over four years, the council had heard claims of housing disrepair and had attempted to work with Ms Grace France on the matter, yet after two ‘Minded To’ notices, no changes were made and the disrepair issues remained.

According to the report, Ms France had failed to install fire alarms, and had failed to resolve issues of excess cold and damp.

After a Formal Improvement noticed was served and had run out in May 2013 then extended to December 2013, there were still claims of housing disrepair—Ms France had completed nothing and tenants were still occupying the bedsits despite poor living conditions.

Ms France was then ordered to pay costs of £3,807 after she did not comply with the Formal Improvement Notice given by St Helens Council.


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