11 Jun 2019

Two landlords in Staffordshire have been ordered to pay more £5,000 after allowing their tenants to live in poor conditions

Brian Kite was fined £256 and ordered to also pay £2,378 in costs and a victim surcharge of £30, while Beryl Kite was fined £207 and ordered to also pay £2,378.88 in costs and a victim surcharge of £30 – a total of £5,279.88, after pleading guilty at North Staffordshire Justice Centre to providing their tenants at their property in Main Street, Stapenhill, Burton-on-Trent, with substandard living conditions.

Environmental Health officers found that the flat had no working heater, hot water or smoke detectors, while broken windows were boarded over.

Brian and Beryl Kite were given time by the council to remedy the situation, but the pair made just a few minor repairs and did not address the major issues in the property.

The pair were given the option of renovating the property, carrying out essential repairs or evicting the tenant to safeguard their health and safety.

However, the Kites allowed their tenant to remain living in the flat and had not carried out any further repairs.

Cllr Bernard Peters, deputy leader for regulatory services and community support, commented: “East Staffordshire Borough Council’s Environmental Health team will not tolerate landlords who rent sub-standard properties to tenants.

“They are also working hard to ensure landlords either improve the conditions of their properties or face the consequences.”

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