29 Oct 2021

The most recent success relates to a case the council served on landlord Mr Jamshid J-G, for failing to comply with an improvement notice of a property on the High Street, Starbeck.

As Mr J-G failed to address several hazards at the property, including excess cold, structural issues and kitchen safety, the council imposed a financial penalty of £25,000.

Mr J-G appealed against the penalty at a hearing of the property tribunal last month (8 September), but this was dismissed and the tribunal upheld the penalty imposed by the council.

Trevor Watson, Harrogate Borough Council’s director of economy, environment and housing, said: “This is an important reminder for landlords that as the housing authority we have the powers, and where necessary, will use them to protect tenants and residents. And hopefully encourage landlords to improve housing standards in the private rental sector.”

Phil Turtle, compliance director with Landlord Licensing & Defence said, “Landlords should never ignore or fail to comply with Improvement Notices. In fact landlords should keep their properties fully compliant.

“On the odd occasion, council’s do over-egg Improvement Notices and if a landlord believes this to be the case they should engage us for a private HHSRS inspection immediately in order to contest the Improvement Notice during the 28 days allowed for formal Representations.”

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