Brothers, Mr Jermaine Davis and Mr Jody Doyle were prosecuted and fined a total of £21,710 last week by Derby City Council’s Housing Standards Team. The prosecution came about after the brothers failed to comply with an improvement notice issued by the Housing Standards team in February 2017. The notice required them to repair a faulty boiler amongst other improvements. The case was heard in South Derbyshire Magistrates Court on Thursday 31st May.
Following a property inspection, the team discovered a number of significant hazards in the property. They included excess cold due to a faulty boiler, no fixed heating to the first floor of the property, a risk of falls between levels as there was insufficient guarding to the stairs and fire and electrical hazards.
The family occupying the property included three young children who all have health issues and the hazard of excess cold exacerbated these.
Both Mr Davis and Mr Doyle pleaded guilty at South Derby Magistrates Court to the charge of non-compliance with an Improvement Notice served under the Housing Act 2004.
The brothers were each fined £10,000 and ordered to make a contribution of £1,470 towards the Council’s prosecution costs. They were also ordered to a pay a victim surcharge of £120 each. The total fine split between the two brothers being £21,710.
The Magistrate stated:
“This was a disgraceful state of affairs and it left a vulnerable tenant and her children living in totally unacceptable and unsafe accommodation. Lack of funds is not a defence and there was deliberate prevarication in not completing the repairs. This is viewed seriously by the Courts and as such, the sentence reflects this.”
Councillor Roy Webb, cabinet member for Adults, Health and Housing commented:
“This prosecution is an excellent outcome for the team, a vulnerable tenant and her family. It also sends a clear message to other landlords that the Council will not tolerate sub-standard or unsafe housing in the City.”
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. To find out more about the team, or report concerns about a private rented property in the city, visit the Council’s website.