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Landlord must pay over £5,000 after failing to remedy property faults

A landlord who did not remedy a string of safety concerns about a property he was letting has been ordered to pay over £5,000.

Justin Hedley Paull, from the Isle of Man, has pleaded guilty to the offences of failing to comply with three Improvement Notices served under Section 11 and 12 of the Housing Act 2014 and for breaching Regulation 8(4)(b) of The Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Additional Provisions) (England) Regulations 2007.  

He was fined a total of £3,200 and ordered to pay costs of £1,705.52 to Cornwall Council with a £120 victim surcharge and £150 court charges.

Following a request for assistance from the police and various council departments, two category 1 hazards were identified at Paull’s letting property in Falmouth, Cornwall, these being for falls between levels and excess cold. There was also a category 2 hazard for fire and a number of breaches of management regulations.  

The owner who was subsequently served with Improvement Notices failed to resolve these issues within the given timescales.

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