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Letting agents and landlords warned on empty homes and vermin

A council is warning agents and landlords not to sit on long term vacant properties.

The warning, from Liverpool council, comes as a second buy to let owner in an many weeks was fined for allowing a vacant property to become a home for vermin.

Jason Bernard Living, from Sunderland, was found guilty at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court for failing to comply with a notice to remove accumulations of rubbish and overgrown vegetation from the front and rear of a property he owns in the city. 

Liverpool council served notice on the owner after receiving rodent complaints and the property was inspected last June. In July the notice expired and despite further warning letters, the owner did not carry out the work. 

The work was then carried out by the council in default. Living was fined £750 and ordered to pay costs of £150.

The council says it also pursue Living for the costs incurred in carrying out the works in default.

“The council is determined to tackle empty homes in the city and ensure that property owners face up to their responsibilities” says a spokesman for the authority.

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