Oxford tenants were required to live in unsuitable conditions by a rogue landlord who has been prosecuted for the second time within six months.
The rogue landlord, 41, appeared at Oxfored Magistrates’ Court on March 20 where he received a fine of £10,000 and ordered to pay Oxford City Council £1,535 in additional costs.
The man was successfully prosecuted for failing to comply with HMO regulations at a large property on Cowley Road, pleading guilty to failing to keep the property in good order and repair and failure to maintain it in good and decorative repair and in a safe and working condition.
He also pleaded guilty to failing to ensure notices indicating the location of fire escapes were visible.
In November, he was prosecuted for failing to comply with conditions of the Houses in multiple occupation (HMO) license for another property in Oxford.
On this occasion he was fined £2,500 as well as £1,425 in costs.
Councillor Alex Hollingsworth said: “The city council is committed to ensuring high standards in the private rented sector and protecting tenants against landlords who do not meet their responsibilities under the law.
The council will begin using new financial penalty powers that came into force in April last year to issue fines of up to £30,000 without the need to go through the courts.
Tenants that rent a property have the right to live in safe, clean housing. Therefore it is up to landlords to make sure that their properties are up to these standards.
Housing disrepair can be seen through damage to the main structures of the property itself, such as:
- damage to windows, doors, stairs and rails;
- damaged interior, including wallpaper, curtains and carpets;
- blocked drains causing leaks from the roof; or
- badly maintained brickwork.
Tenants can claim compensation when damage is left unfixed, and many people across the UK are living in substandard housing as a result.
They may also be able to claim against housing disrepair if their landlord has not made repairs to the main structures of the household (such as your walls, roof, stairs and rails, windows, floors), or to the supply of power, water, and gas.
If your landlord has not acted within a reasonable amount of time, you are entitled to make a claim that will compel them to make repairs.