Landlords prosecuted in housing improvement push

Oldham Council has prosecuted a number of landlords in a push to improve the standard of housing across the borough.

At Tameside Magistrates Court on 30 March 2017, Lee Joseph Hendley, of Brierley Avenue, Failsworth, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with improvement notices on a property he owned.

Officers visited 6 Mellor Street, Failsworth on 27 June 2016 and found various items of disrepair, including dampness that had caused the electricity supply to fail.

Mr Hendley was contacted and asked to carry out the repairs. He failed to do the work so an Improvement Notice was served on him requiring the works to be done.

Officers revisited at the expiry of the notice and found that although he had carried out some of the works required by the notice, he had not addressed the serious hazards, including dampness affecting the electrics.

There was also an outbreak of dry rot at the property and Mr Hendley also failed to renew the worn seal around the bath and replace a missing door handle.

For failing to comply with Improvement Notices under sections 11 and 12 of the Housing Act 2004, Mr Hendley was fined £700, with a £70 victim surcharge and £589 costs.

Oldham Council also prosecuted three landlords at Tameside Magistrates Court on 29 March 2017 for failing to apply for Selective Licensing.

The Selective Licensing scheme requires landlords in targeted areas of Oldham to be registered with Oldham Council. It aims to improve the management of these properties to ensure they have a positive impact on the borough.

Nisar Ahmed of Greenacres Lodge, Greenacres Road, Oldham, pleaded guilty to failing to apply for Selective Licensing for a property on Brierley Street, Oldham. He was fined £75, with a £75 victim surcharge and £750 costs.

Mohibur Rahman of Mallow close, Oldham, failed to apply for a licence for a property on Kirkbank Street, Oldham. He was fined £750, with a £75 victim surcharge and costs of £750.

Zoheb Nadeem of Gainsborough Avenue, Oldham, failed to apply for a licence for a property on Schofield Street, Oldham. Mr Nadeem did not attend but he pleaded guilty by post. He was fined £750 and ordered to pay £750 in costs.

Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Cooperatives, said: “The vast majority of private landlords who rent out properties in the borough operate within the law and look after their tenants, but there are some who fail to provide housing to a decent standard.

“We will not hesitate to prosecute those that do not do this and are potentially putting people in danger or allowing them to live in unacceptable conditions.

“Good landlords have nothing to fear from the Selective Licensing scheme. If you want to rent out a property in Oldham it has to be of a good standard and you have to take responsibility for your tenants – or you will pay the price.”

To contact the landlord licensing team email landlordlicensing@oldham.gov.uk or call 0161 770 2244.

You can report fly tipping or the dumping of waste via the online form on www.oldham.gov.uk or by calling 0161 770 2244.

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