Daniel Woulfe, of Rugby Road, Worthing, was prosecuted after officers from Worthing Borough Council’s private sector housing team inspected two of his properties in Tarring Road and Rugby Road.
The council found the fire safety provisions within the houses were inadequate, hygiene facilities were substandard and the electrical installation had been poorly completed. Despite numerous attempts by the team to secure improvements, only a few largely inadequate repairs were made.
On February 10 at Worthing Magistrates’ Court, Woulfe admitted 11 offences under the Management of House in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006 and the Housing Act 2004. He was fined £4,250 with full costs of £2,811.95 and a £50 victim surcharge.
Woulfe will still have to comply with the Improvement Notices served by the team under the Housing Act 2004, requiring the property is brought up to standard or he will face further legal sanctions.
Woulfe had previously been fined for similar offences at two of his other properties in Belsize Road, Worthing.
Councillor Dr Heather Mercer, Worthing Borough Council’s executive member for customer services, said: “This is another example of the need for the invaluable service provided by the Council’s Private Sector Housing Team, clamping down on landlords running substandard and hazardous properties.
“We have a responsibility to do all in our power to help create healthy, safe places in which people can thrive – so we will continue to act where we see substandard properties putting people at risk.
“Poor landlords must realise that court action is not the end of the matter and Worthing Borough Council will persist in ensuring that landlords comply with their legal duty to manage and run their properties safely.”
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