A landlord who allowed his tenants to live in squalid conditions, has been ordered by the court to pay £5,000 for breaching an Emergency Prohibition Order .
Dharminder Singh Dale of Stourbridge was issued with an Improvement Notice by Walsall council in autumn 2018 to repair the property he was renting to a young family.
Instead, he ignored this and his tenants were eventually left with no hot water, fixed heating or a working toilet.
The council moved the family into emergency accommodation and serving an Emergency Prohibition Order on the property. This stopped use of the property for residential occupation until the landlord had carried out repairs to the satisfaction of the council.
Despite this order, in July 2019 council officers discovered that Dale had chosen to let the property to another family who had allegedly ‘agreed’ to carry out the repairs themselves for him.
At a hearing held at Dudley Magistrates’ Court Dale pleaded guilty to knowingly breaching the Order and was fined £5,000.
He was also ordered to pay the council’s full costs of £2,300 and a victim surcharge of £181.
The prosecuting Judge, Mr Wilkinson said that Dale had left his tenants in squalor and that he was in no doubt that Dale had let greed get in the way.
He added that: “The order was made because the property had no heating, no hot water, and no functioning toilet. The condition of the property was disgraceful and a clear message had to be sent out that landlords could not allow tenants to live in these conditions.”
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