Thursday, 5 November 2009

Cardiff council wins landlords court case

Cardiff Council has successfully prosecuted two landlords for failing to comply with The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation Regulations 2006.

Yashwant and Chandrika Patel of Tudor Street,
Cardiff did not attend Cardiff Magistrates Court but entered guilty pleas via their solicitor. They were each charged with two offences under section 234(3) of the Housing Act 2004 on 26th October 2009. The brother and sister were fined £150 each and ordered to pay £80 each towards Prosecution costs , bringing the
total to £460.

The property, located on Ninian Park Road, Riverside has five bedrooms and is located above commercial premises. Officers from
Cardiff Council’s Private Sector Housing team inspected
the property in April 2009 following a complaint regarding living conditions. Yashwant and Chandrika Patel were notified of contraventions under The Management of Houses in Multiple
Occupation (Wales) Regulations 2006 and were given three weeks to carry out the necessary Repairs.

Two further inspections revealed that some of the required works had not been completed as follows:
The main entrance door and frame into the property were damaged resulting in the door being boarded up. This posed a security risk to the tenants.
Windows in the bathroom and a bedroom were missing Casement openers leaving tenants exposed to the elements.
The windows have now been replaced and
Cardiff Council’s Private Sector Housing team will inspect the property to ensure the necessary works are carried out to the front door.


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