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This Belvedere landlord must pay £1,500 for failing to provide smoke alarms, check electrics and fix a leak at a house of multiple occupancy

PUBLISHED: 14:57 03 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:47 07 August 2017

The landlord of 6, Claytonville Terrace ignored an improvement notice issued to him by the council

The landlord of 6, Claytonville Terrace ignored an improvement notice issued to him by the council

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Suresh Dhah appeared before Bexley magistrates on July 31

A landlord who ignored demands to raise the living standards of his house of multiple occupancy in Belvedere has been fined by magistrates.

Suresh Dhah appeared at Bexley Magistrates’ Court on Monday where he was fined £1,511.84 for failing to comply with an improvement notice issued to 6 Claytonville Terrace.

Following a visit from Bexley’s Environmental Health Team, Dhah was told to carry out a number of different works threatening the safety of residents inside.

Inspectors found there were no smoke alarms provided and Dhah had not checked electrics or dealt with a leak affecting the kitchen.

An improvement notice was served under the Housing Act 2004, but when Dhah ignored the notice, he was brought before magistrates.

On Monday, he was ordered to pay a £660 fine, £785.84 in costs and a victim surcharge of £66.

Bexley’s cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure, Peter Craske said; “I’m pleased that the magistrates recognised the seriousness of this offence in handing down this fine. Landlords have a duty to the people they rent their properties to and the works required by the notice related specifically to safety.”

The London Borough of Bexley has recently completed a consultation on introducing selective and additional licensing schemes to help address issues around HMOs in the borough, which aims to help raise the standard of rented properties, offer accreditation for landlords and reduce anti-social behaviour.

A spokesperson from the council said: “The ‘additional licensing scheme’ would cover smaller HMOs, while the ‘selective licensing scheme’ would cover all privately rented accommodation in the DA8 and SE28 post codes.”

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “People living in privately rented accommodation are far less likely to have a working smoke alarm and this successful prosecution brought by the London Borough of Bexley should also serve as an important reminder to private landlords that it is now a legal requirement for them to fit smoke alarms on each floor of their rental properties.

“Tenants in privately rented accommodation can also play their part in taking responsibility for their own safety by reminding their landlords that they are now legally obliged to provide smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their homes.”

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