Withernsea landlords fined after ignoring improvement notice

Tue, 22 Jan 2019

Two Withernsea landlords who persistently ignored requests to carry out improvement works on their property have been fined by magistrates.

Paul and Angela Clements of Seaside Road, Withernsea, both pleaded guilty to one count of failing to comply with an improvement notice when they appeared at Hull Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 11 January.

The court was told how a tenant was living in a property on Queen Street in the town and in March 2018 made a complaint to East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s private sector housing team about poor heating as well as being extremely cold.

An inspection by housing officers found the flat had no windows in any of the three bedrooms, hallway and kitchen/diner and there were only two heaters in the whole of the property.

As the Clements were responsible for the maintenance of the property and ensuring the flat was a safe and health place to live, they were asked by officers to install windows and heating.

Following further inspections and requests for the work to be completed, officers found the essential works, fitting of windows and fixed heating in bedrooms had not been carried out and notice was served on both Paul and Angela Clements.

They were each fined £1,000, ordered to each pay £1,387.79 costs and £100 each victim surcharge.

Chris Dunnachie, private sector housing manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Throughout this case officers have advised both parties of the need to undertake essential repairs.

“Unfortunately, these requests were ignored which led to this improvement notice being served and despite the notice both parties failed to act upon.

“The council will take robust action where there are risks to tenant’s health from the properties they are living in.”