A landlord has been fined after his rental property in Bolton was found with chronic damp, mould and no heating system.
Bolton Magistrates’ Court heard that landlord Philip Ormrod had failed to comply with housing regulations for his property on Wilton Street.
The property had a catalogue of issues including: no heating system in the property other than an electric plug in heater, rising damp to the ground floor, and penetrating damp to the chimney breast and front wall in the main bedroom.
The front and rear gutters were also leaking, there was no loft insulation and the first floor bedroom window had no restrictor to prevent occupants potentially falling out of the large opening, low level window.
Following a hazard awareness notice issued by the council, a contractor working for Mr Ormrod carried out repairs to the front gutter but no other work was carried out.
Checks from the council’s housing standards team to the property established that repairs had not been undertaken, and an enforcement notice was served on the owner.
As only some of the required work had been undertaken and this was unsatisfactory, the council carried out work in default to make the property safe for occupation.
The repairs included: installation of a gas central heating system including boiler and radiators; door and chimney repairs; replacement of the rear gutter; installation of damp proof course and insulation which incurred costs of £11,681.47.
Bolton Council prosecuted the landlord, who pleaded guilty, on Monday, November 21.
Ormrod was found guilty and fined £500, and ordered to pay £539.57 costs and a victim surcharge of £50. He will also have to pay the council back for the cost (£11,681.47) of the work.
Councillor Elaine Sherrington, Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We always try and work with landlords where possible to secure necessary improvements to properties they rent out.
“But when landlords fail to carry out the agreed work, we will take enforcement action and prosecute irresponsible landlords who are putting tenants’ lives at risk.
“Tenants do have legal rights and if there are issues of disrepair in their property that are not being addressed by their landlord, they can contact us.”
The council’s Housing Standards team can be contacted on 336500 or e-mail email@example.com.