Rogue Landlord in Slough fined £12,000 for putting tenants at huge risk
A landlord in Slough has pleaded guilty to 12 offences for running an unlicensed house in multiple occupation (HMO). The house was left to rack and ruin, with no kitchen ceiling, damp, mould, stairs with no handrails, severe overcrowding, blocked exits, a severe lack of fire safety measures and electricity so dangerous that the council electricians condemned the property.
An emergency prohibition order was put in place, ensuring that no one would live or sleep at the property until urgent repairs had been made to the dangerous electric wiring.
In court, the landlord explained that builders had been in the property, however he was unsure about how many tenants had been living in the property. The landlord was fined a total of £12,000 – £1000 for each offence, in addition to costs of £,757.98 and a victim surcharge of £170.
SBC’s lead member for regulation has said “that conditions at this property were abysmal and put the safety of the tenants at huge risk. We will not tolerate landlords who do not provide safe, secure and sanitary conditions for their tenants and we hope the level of this fine serves as a warning to any landlord who is considering leaving their property to rack and ruin”
The property has since been inspected and deemed fit for habitation.
Here at Town & Country we believe that tenants have every right to live in a property that is well-kept and safe from fire and risks. For you free fire safety check, call the Town & Country team on 0800 160 11 25.