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Dodgy landlord banned from selling property until fine paid

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Dodgy landlord banned from selling property until fine paid
A landlord who has refused to pay a civil fine due to the poor condition of his rental property has been barred from selling it.

 

The unnamed landlord was subject to a civil case from Slough council, due to “serious hazards” present in the house in multiple occupation (HMO), including dangerous wiring. 

The landlord was given a £37,000 penalty charge notice, but has refused to pay and also ignored all correspondence from the council.

The council has now applied for the £37,000 charge to be placed on the property in St Pauls Avenue, which means it will have to be paid before the property can be sold.

 

Council undertakes work

Rhian Richards, housing regulation manager at the council, said that attempts to engage with the landlord were not successful.

As a result the council was forced to bring in a team of electricians and gas engineers to ensure the tenants in the property were able to live in a basic level of safety.

She continued: “Now the charge on the property will prevent the owner from selling the property without first paying the full amount to Slough Borough Council.

“We hope this will serve as a warning that we will be relentless in pursuing those landlords who put their tenants at risk and ignoring the law and our correspondence could prove very costly in the long run.”

 

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