Local landlord fined for failure to improve properties

A Chesterfield landlord has been fined more than £8000 for failing to complete necessary improvements to properties.

Mr Eric Bland of Williamthorpe Road, North Wingfield, pleaded guilty at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court to offences of failing to comply with the requirements of Improvement Notices relating to two flats he owned on Hampton Street, Hasland.

Chesterfield Borough Council served the notices in 2020 and 2021 after a total of three ‘category one’ hazards and seven ‘category two‘ hazards were identified in the properties - including excess cold, fire safety and electrical hazards.

One tenant was without a proper heating system for a number of years and both properties required complete electrical rewires as the installations were in poor condition when tested.

Mr Bland’s barrister gave information in mitigation to the court. Although Mr Bland did eventually install a heating system in one flat, all the other required works had to be carried out by Chesterfield Borough Council after Mr Bland failed to comply. Mr Bland is in the process of repaying the council for the costs of those works.

At the sentencing hearing on Monday 15 May 2023, Mr Bland was issued with a total of £8000 in fines, together with a £190 victim surcharge and ordered to pay £4000 costs to the council.

Councillor Jean Innes, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “Our private sector housing team is committed to protecting those living in the private housing sector. Making sure tenants are safe in their homes is a top priority and we will take appropriate action against landlords who fail to comply and rent properties that fall below the required standards.

“This should be seen as a strong warning to landlords, throughout the borough, that they must ensure that the properties they let meet acceptable housing standards and that they must comply with the rules or face the consequences.”

First published on 19 May 2023 Last updated on 19 May 2023