Managing agent fined for failing to meet safety measures

The council is continuing to tackle rogue landlords and letting agents by pursuing prosecutions of those who fail to maintain living conditions.

Andlow Properties Ltd, a managing agent, pleaded guilty at Thames Magistrates Court for failing to make improvements to Chapman House, Bigland Street, Shadwell. At the hearing on Thursday 28 Junethey were fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £1,228 in legal costs to Tower Hamlets Council.

The council received complaints from tenants about the conditions within Chapman House, which led to officers inspecting 12 flats.

To ensure the safety of those living within the building, the council issued improvement notices on Andlow Properties Ltd, which required the agent to provide certificates proving electrical and fire safety within the building. The notices also outlined that the agent needed to improve ventilation in the bathrooms and kitchens of all 12 flats to stop damp and mould.

The agent assured the council that the work would be carried out.

The council continued to monitor whether the improvements were being made and initially the progress was satisfactory, however a follow-up inspection raised concerns.

A warning was then issued to both the letting agent and freeholders that if failures to comply with the notice continued, legal enforcement would be pursued.

Officers revisited the properties and found that suitable improvements had not been made and the council began legal enforcement to ensure the safety of renters.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:

“These cases show that where landlords and lettings agents are flouting the law we will take action as a Council. I am committed to driving up standards for tenants in the private rented sector, and we will use our powers to ensure people are treated fairly and have a decent place to live.”

Cllr Sirajul Islam, Deputy Mayor for Housing (Statutory Deputy Mayor), said:

“This prosecution shows how seriously we take our residents’ safety. We will continue to enforce legal requirements and ensure that landlords and letting agents are complying.”

To find out more about what’s expected of letting agents and landlords read Tower Hamlets Private Renters’ Charter: https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/housing/Private_housing/Renters_charter/Tower_Hamlets_Private_Renters_Charter.aspx

Posted on Tuesday 17th July 2018