A buy-to-let landlord has been convicted of nine counts of breaching regulations for a house in multiple occupation (HMO) that he owned in Colchester and ordered to pay in excess of £20,000.

Poor heating and mould in the four-bedroom property were among the issues flagged up by the disgruntled tenant as he issued a complaint to Colchester Council in December 2015.

Thomas supplied portable heaters to his tenants because of ongoing problems with gas central heating, but they were not deemed sufficient to keep the property warm.

Other offences related to fire doors not been gaped, missing lightbulbs, ventilation in an ensuite shower room giving the potential for mould, failure to ensure fixtures and fittings were in good repair, not replacing a kitchen bin, inadequate waste storage facilities outside, and tenants being left without electricity over a weekend when the electrical fuse box tripped,

Cyril Thomas, director of Platinum Crown Investment Ltd, denied the charges brought against him relating to 134a Hythe Hill, but Colchester Magistrates’ Court ruled against the landlord and fined him £1,000 for each offence plus a £100 victim surcharge, with prosecution costs making up the rest of the money owed.

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