A Derby landlord has been fined almost £10,000 for renting a potentially lethal property in Normanton.
Mr Rajinder Kumar Narroya who owns and rents out properties in Derby has been prosecuted by the Council’s Housing Standards Team after he failed to comply with Improvement Notices. The case was heard in Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 5th July where Mr Narroya was fined £6,000 for six offences and ordered to pay the Council’s prosecution costs. He was also ordered to a pay a victim surcharge of £135, making a total fine of £9,704.
The offences related to a large semi-detached property on Swinburne Street in Normanton that had been converted into 10 self-contained flats.
Following an initial visit to the property in August 2017 by two Environmental Health Officers, serious category one and category two hazards were found throughout the property both in the flats and in the common areas of the building.
Some of the hazards included:
- dangerous mains electrical installation systems,
- a lack of adequate heating (with some flats having no fixed heating at all),
- poor windows and insulation,
- disrepair to the fabric of the building that would allow fire to spread rapidly,
- an inadequate and faulty fire detection system.
Many other hazards were found during the inspection that related to food safety, entry by intruders, damp and mould, falls between levels, personal hygiene, sanitation, drainage and overcrowding.
Improvement Notices were served and Prohibition Orders made against the flats, but Mr Narroya failed to act on the notices that were served to him and the works were not completed.
Councillor Roy Webb, Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Housing commented:
“This is one of a number of recent successful prosecution cases brought before the Courts by our Housing Standards Team and should act as a further deterrent to other landlords who think it is acceptable to put their tenants lives at risk by renting out poorly managed and maintained properties in Derby.
Our Housing Standard Team is dedicated to improving living standards for private tenants renting properties in Derby and ensuring their safety and well-being is a top priority.”
If you’re concerned about a property, you can get in touch with our Housing Standards team via the Derby City Council website.