Landlords are found guilty at court trial

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TWO landlords have been found guilty for failing to effectively manage a property in town following a two-day court trial.

Dr Dilip Wilson, of Thorn Tree Court, Park View Road, London, who pleaded not guilty, was convicted of five offences regarding the property in St Andrew’s Square.

Two guilty verdicts related to contraventions of conditions applied to the House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence and three offences related to contraventions of the HMO management regulations.

Norman Rushbrook, of Options Property Management in Queens Road, also pleaded not guilty but was convicted of five charges that applied to contraventions of the HMO management regulations.

Cllr Peter Chowney, the council’s deputy leader, said: “Both parties failed to effectively manage the property, allowing it to fall into decline and serious disrepair. We made an Emergency Prohibition Order (EPO) to shut the property down as it was considered a serious threat to safety.” Wilson was fined £2,500 by magistrates, with a £15 victim surcharge and ordered to pay £1,000 costs. Rushbrook was fined £1,500, with a £15 victim surcharge and also ordered to pay £1,000 costs.