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Landlord prosecuted because buy to let was unclean and unsafe

A landlord who failed to ensure his property was clean and safe for tenants to live in has been prosecuted by a council. 

An environmental health officer from Oldham council first visited a private rented property in the town in September last year after they received information about a number of faults, including dangerous electrics and a leaking toilet.

An Improvement Notice was served on the property’s owner, Christopher Mark Houghton,, requiring him to carry out repairs. 


A follow up visit by officers in December found the work had not been carried out.

The landlord also failed to communicate with the council, so legal proceedings for failing to comply with an Improvement Notice under the Housing Act 2004 were started.


Now Tameside Magistrates’ Court has fined Houghton £2,640, plus costs of £487 and a victim surcharge of £190. He was found guilty in his absence.

Councillor Hannah Roberts, responsible for housing, says: “Everyone has the right to live in a safe and clean home. The council will take action against private landlords and owners who potentially put lives at risk by renting out substandard properties.”

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    Why did Tenants take it if it was unclean. Surely its the Tenants duty to keep the place clean if any duty required of them I assume they were reared. The LL can’t just go in cleaning or he’ll be accused of harassment.

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    In fairness he was given the chance to rectify the faults, as for cleanness we've all seen the sh*t some people live in, tenants responsibility to clean .


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