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Tiny fine despite property being let with "extremely dangerous" electrics

A landlord has been found guilty of letting a property with "extremely dangerous electrics" as well as no heating and a leaking roof.

Lincoln magistrates heard that Joe Burgess made a property he owns in Newtoft available to a tenant, despite it being in a very poor state of repair. 

The property had extremely dangerous electrics, no heating system, excessive damp, a leaking roof and no fire detection.

Officers from the local West Lindsey local authority served notices on the landlord but after he failed to comply, the council incurred considerable costs making the property safe for occupation.

Burgess was found guilty and fined £440, and ordered to pay £400 legal costs, £376 investigation costs and a victim surcharge of £44.

Despite the small fine, a spokeswoman for the council said: "We hope this case sends a clear message to landlords that we will use all of the powers available to us if they do not comply with our requests when we serve formal notices. Nobody should have to live in unsafe accommodation in the district."

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    Lincoln magistrates and West Lindsay council must be the joke of the country? Never mind CAB and Generation Rent having a go at the landlords, how about having a go at Lincoln magistrates for handing out a ridiculously low fine for one of the worst rented properties I have ever read about!

    OK - all landlords who want to let out dodgy properties get on the train to West Lindsay and have a field day, and... don't worry - the council will use council tax money to pay for the property repair bill as well!

    This was not a good day for common sense and justice in Lincolnshire was it?


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