A prosecution by Derby City Council’s Housing Standards Team has highlighted the importance of complying with legislation as a private landlord.

The Housing Standards Team prosecuted Derby landlord Balbir Mann and his managing agent Platinum Estates last month for offences concerning a rented house on Kedleston Road.

Mr Mann pleaded guilty at Southern Derby Magistrates Court to one charge of failing to comply with an improvement notice served under the Housing Act 2004.

The Housing Standards Team issued the notice following a property inspection in which they discovered defects including excess cold, fire safety and damp and mould issues.

The notice required Mr Mann to carry out essential repairs and maintenance work to the property to ensure it was of an acceptable standard for living and posed no health and safety risks to the occupiers. However, he failed to make the improvements required to remove or reduce the hazards in the notice.

During the same hearing, Ms Nindi Mann, Director of Platinum Estates, pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to comply with The Management of Houses in Multiple Occasion (England) Regulations 2006. This related to a failure to ensure that fire alarms in the property were maintained and in good working condition.

Mr Mann was fined £500 and ordered to make a contribution of £450 towards the Council’s prosecution costs. He was also ordered to a pay a victim surcharge of £50. Platinum Estates was fined £1500 and ordered to make a contribution of £900 towards the Council’s costs. The company was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £100.

The Council has promised to improve housing standards within the private rented sector by targeting inspections towards the worst landlords and properties in the city as one its fifty pledges to make Derby a safe place to live.

John Tomlinson, Service Director for Communities, Environment and Regulatory Services, commented: “The Council’s Housing Standard Team is dedicated to improving living standards for private tenants in Derby and ensuring their safety and well-being is a top priority. Many people across the city live in privately rented properties and there are legal requirements that landlords must follow to ensure properties are fit for purpose.”

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