Court fines landlord for grotty house

Court case
Court case

A London-based business has appeared in court after ignoring a notice ordering it to clean up a grotty property in Hastings town centre.

Maxiwood Ltd of Finchley Road was served the notice under Hastings Borough Council’s Grotbuster scheme, for failing to comply with a section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

The notice was served as they are owners of 5 St Andrews Square - a property requiring maintenance works.

Cllr Kim Forward, the council’s lead member for house in, said: “The section 215 notice gives councils the power to deal with untidy land and dilapidated buildings, by getting owners to improve them.

“The notice was served on 04 February 2015 requiring that within six months of 06 March 2015 steps were undertaken to address a number of maintenance issues at the property in St Andrews Square. This included hacking off cracked and perished render and its repair, removal of flaking paint and vegetation and repair and repainting of external joinery.

“Our warnings were ignored by Maxiwood as they did not take the necessary steps to make the improvements.

“We take issues of this nature very seriously indeed and will prosecute if our warnings are ignored. If property owners do not comply with the 215 notice they will be fined and still expected to complete the work so it’s in their best interest to get the works done as soon as possible. The Grotbuster scheme has achieved significant success in turning around run down and derelict buildings and other unattractive sites and as a result has had an impact on regeneration in the town and has helped towards building better neighbourhoods.”

Maxiwood Ltd pleaded guilty and fined £660 with £432 costs, a victim surcharge of £66 and court fees of £150.

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