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21 June 2011, 15:18
A landlord has been fined £15,000 for renting out a house in Peterborough that was in "appalling condition", according to the City Council.
The property in Cromwell Road was taken over by Peterborough City Council in November 2010 due to its "appalling condition and lack of management".
During investigations into the state of the house, council workers found:
The landlord, Vajinder Kaur of Thorpe Road in Peterborough, was also found guilty of "having control or managing a house of multiple occupancy without a licence when one was required under the Housing Act 2004."
She has been fined £15,000, and must also pay costs of £7,216.91 and a £15 victim surcharge.
Jo Hodges, Peterborough City Council's Senior Neighbourhoods Enforcement Officer, said: "The level of fine in this case reflects the extremely poor conditions and lack of attention paid to the property and the law by the owner, and her husband who helped her operate it.
Kaur had been given many opportunities to deal with the issues, but failed to do so.
Landlords in the city who flout the law will be prosecuted.
Not only do we have a duty to safeguard tenants and neighbourhoods but we also have a responsibility to the good landlords to make sure we take appropriate action to deal with the rogues."