A landlord has been hit with a fine of over £600 after failing to comply with an improvement notice - jeopardising the health, safety and welfare of a tenant.
Nicholas Glover of Chesterfield was convicted at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ court for failure to comply with the requirements of an Improvement Notice contrary to the Housing Act 2004 in a case brought by Chesterfield council.
The court heard how Glover was served an improvement notice in early 2019 after the council identified two ‘category one’ hazards in the property.
Whilst one of the hazards had been resolved on a later visit, Glover had failed to install a proper heating system in the flat, leaving the tenant with no fixed source of heating for 18 months.
He was issued with a £660 fine, along with a £66 victim surcharge and ordered to pay £926.11 costs.
Councillor Chris Ludlow, cabinet member for housing, says: “The council is committed to protecting local residents and we will always take action against rogue landlords so we can make sure all tenants are safe and secure.
“This prosecution should act as a warning to landlords. They all have a responsibility to provide tenants with good quality, safe accommodation.”