A private landlord has been ordered to pay more than £10,000 in fines and costs for breaching regulations for private accommodation.
Piang Fui Pun, 47, of Cromer Road in Norwich admitted 13 breaches of regulations for HMOs, including not providing safety certification for electrical and gas installations at the property on Prince of Wales Road.
David Lowens, prosecuting on behalf of the city council, told Norwich Magistrates Court that council officers initially visited the property in February of this year and after pointing out various defects returned three months later to find that many of the matters had still not been put right.
Pun, who spoke through an interpreter, said that his sister normally looked after the management of the property but had been distracted by personal family affairs and as a consequence standards had dropped. He said that everything in the property had now been put right.
Chairman of the bench, Geoff Dyett fined Pun £5,500 and ordered him to pay £4,600 in investigation costs of the case.
Dyett told Pun: “If there had been an accident or worse there could even have been a fire, you could have well been facing more serious allegations.”
After the case councillor Bert Bremner, the city council’s cabinet member for private sector housing, said: “Keeping our residents’ safe and ensuring all housing is of a good standard are top priorities for the council.”
“This particular case required a high level of partnership working and is another excellent example of the work being done to tackle landlords who operate outside the law,” he added.