Two rogue landlords have been convicted of failing to comply with a Prohibition Order on the rental property they owned.
Sandeep Jarjapu and Nattha Gohill, both of Chester, were letting a flat above commercial premises in the town when it was found to have serious hazards when inspected by the local council’s housing officers back in December 2017.
The property had no form of heating, contained a number of serious fire hazards and had no windows in the property.
A spokeswoman for Cheshire West and Chester local authority says: “As a council we are very keen to ensure that tenants living in the private rented sector are housed in properties that are safe and free from hazards. We will not tolerate landlords who choose to house their tenants in property that is not fit for human habitation.
“Due to the severity of the hazards and the risks to the health and safety of the occupant, a Prohibition Order was served which prevented the flat from being occupied by any persons. However, following an unannounced visit to the property in June 2018 it was found that the flat was occupied again, in contravention of the Prohibition Order.”
During a hearing at Chester Magistrates Court Sandeep Jarjapu entered a guilty plea and Nattha Gohill was found guilty in her absence. A total penalty of £5,286 consisting of fines and costs was imposed.