St Leonards property owner fined

Eastbourne Magistrates' Courts
Eastbourne Magistrates' Courts

A woman from London has been fined for failing to provide safety information about her property in St Leonards.

Teresa Malewska, of Kenilworth Road, London was summonsed to Eastbourne Magistrates’ court on August 24 for failing to comply with a request from Hastings Borough Council to supply information about her property in Cambridge Gardens.

The council served a Notice on Malewska as the owner of the property on March 31, 2015, under Section 16 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.

It required her to provide ‘specified information’ within 21 days.

A council spokeswoman said: “Despite several reminders, Ms Malewska persistently failed to provide the information, therefore delaying investigations and potentially compromising the health and safety of the occupants.

“As Malewska failed to provide the information the council took legal action against her in May this year.”

In a statement released today (Tuesday, September 8) lead member for housing Kim Forward said: “The information was being requested in line with the council’s duty to ensure that certain houses in multiple occupation are licensed and are being operated in accordance with required amenity and fire safety standards.

“We have an obligation to ensure that tenants have safe homes to live in and will prosecute landlords who fail to licence their properties.”

Malewska pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to comply with the request for information and she was fined £2,400 with £333 costs and £240 victim surcharge.

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