North Lincolnshire Council has brought a prosecution against a Scunthorpe landlord for illegally renting an unlicensed property with serious safety breaches.
Javed Khan, who was absent from court, was fined a total of £12,000 for the violations and £2,499 in costs.
Breaches of fire regulations at the multi-occupancy property included a failure to provide an adequate fire escape and a fire alarm.
Inadequate access to bins resulted in a mounting waste problem and unsanitary living conditions.
The council acted swiftly to protect residents, as part of a wider enforcement action against rogue landlords.
Cllr John Davison, cabinet member for safer, stronger communities – urban, said:
“North Lincolnshire Council has a zero tolerance policy to rogue landlords that choose to exploit residents.
“This prosecution should act as a warning to landlords and encourage them to come forward and license their property. Failing to do this is illegal and risks an unlimited fine.
“Landlords have a responsibility to provide tenants with good quality, safe accommodation. Most landlords follow the rules, but, in this instance, measures were inadequate and unsafe.”
Housing advice for tenants is available on our website, where you will also find a helpful series of safety video clips.
These handy, easy to follow clips cover a range of topics, including accidents in the home, your tenancy and unfair terms, security and much more.
If your landlord has not reasonably responded to a complaint, and you feel you are at risk of harm, you should contact the Environmental Health and Housing Team by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01724 297000.