Second fine for rogue landlord

14:54, Monday, 14th March 2022

A Scunthorpe landlord has received fines totalling £5259.75 after council officers found nine different safety violations at a single property.

The building on Reginald Road was found by investigators to have a number of serious health and safety breaches.

These included a cracked light switch, dangerous plug sockets with exposed wires, cracks, mould and damp on walls, a lack of fire doors and fire alarms, fire escape routes blocked with debris and furniture, a broken step and worn floor coverings causing trip hazards and a lack of bins and recycling boxes.
A plug socket hanging off the wall with exposed wiresl

The landlord, Amarjit Singh of Ferry Road in Scunthorpe, pleaded guilty to nine different charges at Grimsby Magistrates Court.

He was fined a total of £3,300 for the offences, plus £1769.75 in costs and a £190 victim surcharge.

Officers at North Lincolnshire Council investigated the breaches following police reports and complaints from neighbours.

The landlord has recently appeared in court in relation to three other Scunthorpe properties where violations meant tenants’ lives were put at risk, for which he was fined £3,607.

Cllr John Davison, cabinet member for safer, stronger communities – urban, said: “North Lincolnshire Council is dedicated to keeping people safe and well in their homes and communities.

“Because the vast majority of landlords in North Lincolnshire take their responsibilities seriously and provide safe, good quality accommodation, we will always pursue people like Mr Singh.

“Our officers work long and hard making sure people like him fulfil their obligations and obey the law.”

Housing advice for tenants is available on our website, where you will also find a helpful series of safety video clips.

If your landlord has not reasonably responded to a complaint of disrepair, and you feel you are at risk of harm, you should contact the Environmental Health and Housing Team on housing@northlincs.gov.uk or call 01724 297000.

  • In April North Lincolnshire Council is launching the new Decent and Safe Homes (Dash) accreditation scheme for landlords, which will protect tenants and show when a landlord is serious about setting, achieving and maintaining high standards.