Louth landlord ordered to pay £6,600 for failure to comply

Some of the property issues inside the flat.

Some of the property issues inside the flat.

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The owner of a Louth property has been ordered to pay over £6,600 in fines and costs for failing to comply with an Improvement Notice issued by East Lindsey District Council.

Landlord James Stuart White of Harrogate failed to undertake improvement works as instructed by the Council under the Housing Act 2004.

Some of the property issues inside the flat.

Some of the property issues inside the flat.

Following an inspection of the property in Upgate, Louth, ELDC issued an Improvement Notice to Mr White requesting repairs to window frames, electrical checks be carried out, insulation works and the installation of mechanical extractor fans.

Mr White, who did not attend the hearing at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on February 10, was found guilty under Section 30 of the Housing Act 2004.

Mr White was fined £5,000 for breaching the Improvement Notice and a further £1,607 in costs.

The Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities, Councillor William Gray said: “It is important that Landlords understand their responsibilities. If we inspect a property and find a number of issues that need rectifying, we will take necessary action to ensure the safety of tenants. I would urge any landlord to work with the Council to prevent legal action having to be taken.”

• Information for landlords can be found on ELDC’s website at www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/landlords