St Leonards landlord ordered to pay more than £20,000 after failing to maintain properties

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News. Photo: Shutterstock SUS-150807-174846001

A landlord has been ordered to pay more than £20,000 worth of fines and costs after being prosecuted for failing to maintain his two properties.

Hastings Borough Council brought the prosecution against Tom Glendon Wallace, of Boscobel Road, St Leonards.

A court trial was originally planned to take place over two days, but Mr Wallace changed his plea to guilty for all 38 charges, relating to the two properties in Carisbrooke Road and Charles Road.

Both are classed as houses of multiple occupation.

Cllr Andy Batsford said: “Hastings Borough Council takes its responsibility to protect vulnerable tenants very seriously, and in light of the tragic fire at Grenfell I would like to thank the fire service and our officers who ensure those landlords who come up short to the standards the council and responsible landlords expect are prosecuted.

“They cannot be allowed to put tenants’ health and safety at risk. I hope that this result will increase the great partnership work between the council and landlords in pushing up standards and flushing out those who put lives at risk to save a few pounds.”

The guilty verdicts related to multiple breaches of the Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Additional Provisions) (England) Regulations 2007, known as the Management Regulations.

The bench looked at totality of the offences and gave an overall fine of £19,000 plus prosecution costs of £3,564.96 and Victim Surcharge of £170, giving a total of £22,734.96 for him to pay.

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