Cardiff Council has successfully prosecuted a landlord following breaches of the Housing Act 2004 and the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation Regulations (Wales) 2006.
The landlord, Gary Samuel of Enfield, Middlesex was fined a total of £3000. He was also ordered to pay Cardiff Council’s costs of £200 and a victim surcharge of £15.
Mr Samuel’s four-bedroom property at 7 Corporation Road, Grangetown, Cardiff was initially identified by council officers to have failed to comply with a number of minimum legal standards required for the type of rented accommodation offered to its residents. Therefore, an improvement notice was served under Section 11 of the Housing Act 2004 requiring the landlord to undertake works to meet the necessary standards.
However, a further visit confirmed that the required works had not been completed. In addition, five failures to comply with the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation Regulations (Wales) 2006 were noted, including a dangerous electrical installation, a defective heating and hot water system, condensation damp and mould, and a water damaged ceiling.
Councillor Lynda Thorne, Cardiff Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Housing and Social Justice, said: “We will never accept private sector tenants being directly exploited by landlords who force them to live in dangerous and unacceptable conditions. Good landlords have nothing to fear but for the bad ones, this a clear message they must clean up their act.”
Mr. Samuel did not attend court on the 2nd October 2012 and the case was heard in his absence. He was convicted of all charges. The fine was apportioned as:
Charge 1 (Failing to comply with improvement notice) £600
Charge 2 (Electrical installation dangerous condition) £600
Charge 3 (Ceiling lounge water damaged) £200
Charge 4 (Rear garden not in good order) £400
Charge 5 (Central heating / hot water system not working) £600
Charge 6 (Bedrooms suffering condensation/mould) £600