24 Mar

Landlord fined for damp property

Landlord fined for damp property

A private landlord has been fined £4,000 for renting out a property that was in need of vital improvements.

Highlighting the obligations of buy-to-let landlords and letting agents, Mohammed Rafakat was taken to court by Stoke-on-Trent City Council after he repeatedly failed to deal with damp issues in one of his properties.

The landlord had previously be fined £2,500 in January for renting out the house in Normacot and has now been forced to pay a further £4,087 after ignoring the improvement notice, reports the Stoke Sentinel.

Councillor Janine Bridges, the city council's cabinet member for housing, neighbourhoods and community safety, said: "Everyone has the right to live in decent accommodation.

"We are well aware that housing is a major factor affecting our residents' quality of life and we are determined to do everything we can to drive up standards and support private tenants and landlords, particularly in these times of economic hardship."

Research from the National Landlords Association shows that landlords' confidence in the UK economy has tripled over the past 12 months.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801705779-ADNFCR

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