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Landlord of ‘shoddy’ property penalised

Corin Williams23/07/2014 - 15:00

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The Loughborough flat had no heating
The Loughborough flat had no heating

A landlord who left a tenant without heating and hot water for more than a year has been fined nearly £4,000.

Anthony Gordon, owner of 36 King Edward Road, Loughborough, ignored warnings from Charnwood Borough Council to improve the property.

Specialist EHO Lesley Price inspected the flat on 25 June 2013, after the tenant reported problems.

She found there was no boiler, no heating or hot water, rainwater leaking into electric light fittings, no working lights and a hole in the bathroom floor.

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Mr Gordon was found guilty of failing to respond to an improvement notice after being prosecuted at Loughborough magistrates court on 14 July.

He had pleaded not guilty and, in his absence, was fined £3,000, ordered to pay £650 costs and a victim surcharge of £300.

Jane Hunt, the Council’s cabinet member for housing and regulatory services, said: ‘The majority of Charnwood landlords provide good housing for their tenants, however there is a small minority who continue to flout the law and put their tenants at risk.

‘The council is committed to ensuring that residents feel safe and secure in their homes.

‘I hope this case acts as a reminder that dangerous, shabby housing is not accepted and carries a consequence.’

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